Female Dog in Heat
The periods of sexual neutrality in femalevary when they are willing to mate. This is known as "being in heat" or "estrus". Female do not enter in heat only in summer or spring, as many wrongfully claim. Unlike other animals (sheep, deer), the seasons hardly influence them; however, they follow their own rhythm, which can vary among the different breeds, but remains almost always the same in every individual. The average interval between two heat periods last between 6 and 7 months. According to a common rule, the bigger-sized breeds have longer intervals than the smaller ones. Two well known exceptions are that of the Sausage Dog, between 7 and 8 months, and that of the German Shepherd, between 4 and 5 months.The first signs of entering in heat almost always appear in young female of around 6-8 months, although it isn't really considered mature until they're about 10 or 12 months old. Please write down the first signs of heat in your dog. This way you won't be surprised when it arrives, you will be able to adjust to it and plan your schedule (trips), and, above all else, you will have an excellent control over your dog's sexual behavior. As a matter of fact, any important abnormality in your dog's individual rhythm can you a hint as to any disorder. A precise chronological record of your dog's sexual cycle will also enable you to successfully apply different inhibitive methods, which we will talk about further on. Your dog's behavior most often changes considerably during this mating period. The first few days, her sexual scent will attract the male although she will, irritated, bite and chase them away.