Breeding German Shepherd Dogs.
by Dennis Fisher.

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Whelping usually occurs about the 63 day after mating, but there can be quite a wide divergence in dates.  It can be as early as the 58th day, or as late as the 65th   day, but if it is later than this it is wise to take the bitch to your Veterinarian to check if everything is normal.

Sings of approaching labor are very easy to spot.  A few days before whelping the bitch is obviously restless and she may go off her food.   A usual sign is when the bitch starts making a nest; this is frequently combined with digging, scratching  material and sometimes tearing it into small strips, so make sure that suitable material is provided.