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Old 11-30-2008, 02:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What age is first heat?

So lady Riley is just rounding the corner on her 10th month and I'm just wondering when to expect her first heat? We aren't fixing her until around 1.5 years, so I'm beginning to expect it soon. I was too young to remember the timing/ frequency of my first GSD, the other shep I grew up with was spayed as a pup, so I don't have much experience with this!

Is it twice a year? Starting around... now? Am I right to expect two cycles before 18 months?
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Old 11-30-2008, 02:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: What age is first heat?

any time between 6 months and a year. My females have each started around 9-10 months.
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Old 11-30-2008, 02:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My girl was 9 mo
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Default Re: What age is first heat?

Lucy has her first now, and she turned a year old on the 16th of this month.
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Default Re: What age is first heat?

i've had one as early as 5mo and the latest was 8mo
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Old 11-30-2008, 02:43 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: What age is first heat?

I forgot a few questions in there: What do you do to contain the, er, mess when they get in heat? She is such a shadow dog, i would hate to leave her couped up somewhere...

Also, how many days to expect?
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for me my first shepherd was over a year like 13 mths then my second was 15 mths before first heat, it lasts at least 3 wks both of mine bled the whole time and twice a year about every 6 mths, I didn't do anything for they kept themselves clean
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Most people would be grossed out but she walks around free as usual and I mop constantly. I do try to stay more in the kitchen w her more and keep the kids on the other side of the gate and crate her up for a little while when I get to busy to be mopping for a time. I do get her out for lots of outdoor exercise though.
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Old 11-30-2008, 08:12 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I guess i'm taking up the throw rugs and keeping her off the bed! Glad i taught her "up" and "get down!" for that purpose!
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