A lot of first time owners are seen asking their vets and other seasoned pet owners and handlers this question when they see slightly odd behavior in their otherwise normal dogs. It is probably the first time that the pet owner has seen the dog in heat and is more confused because he never expected it to be this bad for the dog!
Why you must talk to the vet?
When a dog is in heat, it has a big amount of estrogen being produced in its body which is making it ready to mate and to be able to reproduce. The physical change that you may see in them is that the vulva will suddenly enlarged or swollen and they may also have discomfort there. There is also likelihood that there is blood or discharge from there and that the dog is having either irritable temperament or a lethargic overview.
Estrus in dogs and period of time:
The female dog can stay in heat from two to four weeks in every six month. Roughly the dog comes in heat twice a year. The smaller breeds can have their first cycle as early as between the fourth and the sixth month and the bigger dogs can have it around two years. But it is not recommended to allow them to mate in the first couple of cycles because their eggs are not yet well formed.
The best dogs to be kept at home:
When you decide to bring home a fur child you must consider a lot of things and then decide which breed is the best for your home and other family members. Breeders and handlers recommend that on three counts.
- Temperament of the dog;
- Size of the canine and
- The energy level it exhibits.
Based on this list here is a list of ten breeds that are most suitable for homes
- Golden Retriever;
- Labrador retriever
- Irish setter
- Bull terrier
- Bull dog
You may have a word with the breeder before deciding if it is the right kind for your house and then take a decision that will be beneficial for you and the canine.