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Dachshund Heat Cycles and when to expect them
Before you entertain the idea of breeding your Mini Dachshund you will need to know when to plan for her heat cycles. A female Dachshund should have her first dog heat cycle between 6-8 mths. You should NEVER breed your female on her first heat. It is somewhat common knowledge that small breed dogs can be bred when they are a year old. But, this is not always the case. It’s just a rule of thumb. If your Dachshund doesn’t have her first heat cycle until she is 11 months, then you wouldn’t want to breed her.
There is a lot more than age to consider when asking yourself if you should breed your doxie. You also want to ensure that your dog is physically mature. A vet visit at this point is really important. Have your female vet checked to make sure that she is healthy enough to have a litter of puppies. Ask him if there are any tests that he recommends. I think it’s important to add that if you are planning on breeding your house pet, you will need to have a plan in place for dealing with the blood. There are little pants you can buy for them to wear, but it is a little extra work.
When to breed a Miniature Dachshund
A dog will generally have a heat cycle every 6 months. But, keep in mind that there are dogs that only cycle every 8 months. For us, we are more concerned with the maturity of the female than her her age on her second heat cycle. We do not always breed our girls on their second heat. If she is still immature and we don’t feel she can handle having a litter of puppies.. we wait! It is not uncommon for dachshund breeders to wait till the third or even fourth heat to breed their doxies. That’s one of the little details that separate reputable dog breeders from the rest.
Things to plan for
*No matter how well you “plan” you cannot control when your dog has her heat cycles.
*Do you have your own stud or plan on using a stud service? If you have your own male you will want to plan for some separate alone time for them. If you plan on using someone elses stud, you will need to contact them ahead of time and make plans for visits. Choosing the right male to breed to your female is crucial. Rely on the breeder to help you make the right choice. It may not always be the male you choose, but it will be the right male. Also, the breeder may require a brusilosis test. Brusilosis is a contagious disease that can cause infertility in dogs.
To sum things up, I hope you don’t take this subject lightly. These are just a few of the details that are envolved in breeding dogs. Schedule and appointement with your vet and go in to see him. That’s what we did. To be very honest, we saw three local vets when we began to research dog breeding. They are a major resource of information. Don’t be embarrassed to take a pen and paper in with you. Take notes. I did. I know there is a ton of information on the internet, but if you don’t know what questions to ask, it’s hard to get the right answers. A vet can offer suggestions you would never think of.
Dachshund Genetics would take another year for me to write about. Take some time to go over the color, coat and pattern pages on this site to get some helpful hints on how to use genetics to produce certain puppies. And, best of luck to you and to your dachshund if you should decide to give this a try.
More resources on the topic of heat cycles and breeding information
While I do not agree with every portion of this website, I do think the pictures in this article are a wonderful training tool. They go a little deeper into this subject than I do.