Ask The Dog Guide: When Can My Dog Get Pregnant?

February 6th, 2008 by Dan

Question: I have a border collie/Australian shepherd mix. At what age is she able to be bred? She runs around with the neighbor dog and I don’t want her bred by him. She is currently around 7 months old.

Answer: At 7 months your female dog may have already experienced her first heat cycle and is in danger of becoming pregnant. I would *highly* recommend making an appointment to have her spayed right away! It is general practice to spay female dogs at 6 months of age (with many veterinarians encouraging the practice a bit earlier these days). Spaying her now will prevent an unwanted litter as well as lower the risk of mammary tumors, ovarian and uterine cancer (especially if the surgery is done before the first heat cycle) and pyometra.

Two Dogs Running

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One Response to “Ask The Dog Guide: When Can My Dog Get Pregnant?”

  1. For Paris Hilton, 17 is a few dogs too many! | Dog Reflections Says:

    [...] When Paris Hilton appeared on the Ellen Degeneres show on February 8th, she spoke with the talk show host about her dogs- all 17 of them! Paris explained, “I have 17 dogs, yes – lots,” “They all sleep in my bed – well, not all of them, but I let some of them.” She then went on to make these comments, which is where the trouble really starts – They keep having babies and I feel bad about giving them away,” she continued. “If I had a baby and someone gave it away for me, I feel bad for my dogs.” Later she mentioned that most of the dogs (with the exception of 2) have since been spayed and neutered. [...]

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