Female Dog in Heat and What to Do?

Our question this week was:

We just recently bought a female Airedale. She is going on 6 months old and I’m concerned about her going into heat. I’ve never owned a female dog before so don’t know what to do at all. We plan on breeding her when she’s 2 years old as the person we bought her from said that we should allow her to “mature” before her first litter. Is there a book or site I could read about raising a female and breeding, etc.


Ron C. – Arvada, CO


Hi – thanks for your email. I appreciate that you are being a responsible dog owner and wanting to learn about breeding early on.

You are right on about her potentially coming into heat. Many dogs have their first heat cycle sometime between 6 months and 1 year of age.

As far as resources, I can direct you to the free content on PetPlace, which I think may answer many of your questions.

I’ll just list out some articles and insert links that I think might be helpful:

Should You Breed Your Dog?
Pros and Cons of Spaying and Neutering in Dogs
Understanding the Canine Reproductive Cycle
Doggy Dads: Picking the Best Breeder
The Basics of Dog Breeding
Pregnancy in Dogs
Normal Labor and Delivery in the Dog
Pregnancy, Birthing and Newborn Puppy Care

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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