A dog going into “heat” means she’s ready to make puppies. A female Doberman in heat will allow mating from a male. Whether you want to breed or spay your Doberman, it helps to know what to expect so you can stay ahead of the estrus cycle.
When a female dog goes into heat depends on the breed. Larger dog breeds start their heat cycles later than smaller breeds, so you should expect your female Doberman to go into heat between 9 and 12 months old. However, some Dobermans can go into heat as early as 7 months or as late as 15 months.
Signs Your Doberman Is in Heat
The first heat cycle can be challenging because you don’t always know what to expect. Keeping the two dogs separated can be an even bigger challenge if you have an intact male dog in the house.
How Long Does the Doberman Heat Cycle Last?
Dobermans typically go into heat twice within 12 months. Regularity will vary with age and breed. However, unlike other species, dogs don’t rely on sunlight, weather, and temperature for regular cycles.
The 4 Heat Cycle Stages
The heat cycle is categorized into four stages: Proestrus, estrus, diestrus, and anestrus. Each phase inherits different behaviors and physical changes.
What to Do When Your Doberman Is in Heat
You can breed your Doberman or wait until she’s out of her heat cycle to get her spayed. You must be extra careful during her estrus phase if you don’t want her to breed. A well-behaved dog will toss basic training to the side and give in to natural instinct when in heat.
Can I Spay My Doberman When in Heat?
During estrus, a female dog’s body pushes a lot of blood toward her uterine area. A spay surgery can be more challenging if a veterinarian chooses to open her up during this time. There is the risk of excessive bleeding and for this reason, some veterinarians prefer to wait until the heat passes.
However, experienced veterinarians will still do the procedure and adjust their techniques to meet the animal’s needs.
Still, many veterinarians prefer to wait until a dog is in the anestrus cycle, and odds are your veterinarian will tell you to do the same.
Dealing with a dog in heat is challenging to say the least. Your dog’s behavior will be weird, other animals will act strange around her, and you’ll have to watch her as you’ve never done before. Truthfully, the entire experience is annoying if you don’t want to breed her.
The good news is that estrus only occurs a couple of times a year for Dobermans, so scheduling a spay around her heat cycle is easier than you think.
The biggest takeaway is never to leave your Doberman alone outside when she’s in heat unless you want the dog next door contributing to an unwanted pregnancy.
As always, call your veterinarian if you have any concerns. It never hurts to ask!
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