Breeding German Shepherd Dogs:

by Dennis Fisher.

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Question about a bitch's season.

Question.   My bitch is now six months old and has not been spayed.  could you please tell me at what stage I can expect her to come into season for the first time?  Is it advisable to wait until the  second heat to have her mated?

Answer:  A bitch usually comes into season for the first time from 8 to 11 months, but there is a considerable variation with different animals.  It is definitely not advisable to have her mated when she comes into heat the second time, rather wait until she is more mature.  By the time she has her third seas she should be about 20 months and at this age she is mature enough to have her first litter of pups.