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Breeding from your dog Owner Factsheet

A bitch (female dog) can produce 1-2 litters of puppies each year from around 6-12 months of age (depending on breed). If you are not intending to let your bitch have puppies then you might consider having her neutered to prevent unwanted heats (with the ensuring behavioural changes), and to prevent accidental pregnancies. If you do decide to breed from your bitch, this can be a highly rewarding experience. However, there are some important things to consider to ensure that both mother and puppies are strong and healthy. 

How do I go about choosing a mate for my dog?

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What information do I need?

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When is the right time to breed from my dog?

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How often will my bitch come into season?

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When should my dog mate?

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How do I know if my bitch is pregnant?

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Is there anything else I need to do?

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When will the puppies be born?

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Is whelping likely to be dangerous for my bitch?

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Do I need to help the puppies when they are born?

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