Breeding is a passion for many dedicated pet owners that want to preserve their dog’s bloodline.
For the most part, nature takes its course in dog breeding; however, there are many things to learn if you want your dog to perform well.
The whole process is a complex combination of science, art, and devotion.
Responsible breeding is a challenging yet exciting task.
Breeding purebreds is even more time-consuming and expensive. Improving the breed should be the only underlying goal in any breeding scenario.
If you are new to dog breeding and you noticed how some people do it with ease it’s because they took their time to study their breed, study dog reproduction, perform training and exercise and provide wellness for their pets.
In this article, we will discuss the act of mating and provide answers to some of the questions popping around frequently.
A total of 3 matings is considered to be sufficient by most experts in the field. After the female starts accepting the male, mating every other day for 6 consecutive days will most likely lead to pregnancy.
Three dogs are mounting each other in a park.
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A female dog will let a male mount her during the fertile part of her heat cycle – the estrus.
Estrus takes place somewhere between the 3rd and 21st day if you start counting from the first day the female dog starts bleeding. The average is on the 9th day.
In most cases, the bleeding stops when the female becomes fertile and the red discharge is replaced with straw-colored fluid.
This stage is also called the ‘standing heat’ because besides allowing male dogs to mount the females flag their tails as well.