How do you tell when your female is ready to be bred?
Dogs go in to heat between 5 and 12 months, depending on the
breed and the individual dog. However, you will want to take your
dog to the vet to make sure she is healthy enough to breed and to
also determine if she has any genetic disorders which she could
pass on to her puppies (in that case you would not want to breed
her). It may be that she will never be in the proper condition to
However since you are asking this question I suggest that you do
considerably more research on your own before breeding your dog.
Only very few dogs should be bred, and just because you have a
female dog that is able to have puppies doesn't mean she needs
You may also want to research the health benefits of spaying
her. If you love your dog you have to consider if you are willing
to risk her health and safety. Will all the puppies find good
homes? Do you have the money to care for her and the puppies if
something goes wrong?