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    My 9 month old rottie is going through heat!
    She is on day 12 of bleeding. It has gone from red to brown to yellow and now it is back to bright red. 5 days ago if I rubbed her tail she moved it to the side now she keeps her tail down between her legs.

    Is she still fertile???

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    Obviously your not a registered breeder and therefore it shouldnt matter if your dog is fertile. She should be desexed as soon as she goes off heat. Dogs can be desexed from 4-6months so I am not sure why now at nine months you havent had her done.

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    As a general rule of thumb bitches are in season for approximately 3 weeks. First week coming in, second week right in peak time, 3rd week going out.

    But, and I can't stress this enough, each bitch differs. Also the first season can in some bitches be heavier and in others lighter than what their future seasons will be.

    The tail not presenting to the side can some times be an indication that she is going out of season. However since many bitches need to be held for the dog, again you cannot take this as an indication.

    Some bitches can be very good at keeping themselves clean or do not swell as much as others which can be misleading as to when they started.

    So I would be keeping your bitch well clear of any dogs for a month in total to be sure. Or unless she is a show dog make your life easier and have her de-sexed.

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    What do you mean by fertile? You can have a period and not be fertile - the only way to tell if she is releasing viable eggs is to mate her and you wouldn't do that until she was at least 2 and a half as she has a lot of growing still to do.

    Are you a member of the rottie club? Have you tried talking to the breeder?

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    You need to keep her super secure for at least 21 days after you first noticed her bleeding. Even then watch her for another week or so.

    Just like people, each bitch is an individual and are a little hard to predict.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lscot136 View Post
    My 9 month old rottie is going through heat!
    She is on day 12 of bleeding. It has gone from red to brown to yellow and now it is back to bright red. 5 days ago if I rubbed her tail she moved it to the side now she keeps her tail down between her legs.

    Is she still fertile???
    Is she a show dog?

    Reason for asking is because that would be the ONLY reason to keep her entire!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreamingoflove View Post
    Obviously your not a registered breeder and therefore it shouldnt matter if your dog is fertile. She should be desexed as soon as she goes off heat. Dogs can be desexed from 4-6months so I am not sure why now at nine months you havent had her done.
    Being an owner of a large breed dog I was advised by breeders and my vet to wait untill 12 months before desexing. Right or wrong this could be the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bordeaux View Post
    Being an owner of a large breed dog I was advised by breeders and my vet to wait untill 12 months before desexing. Right or wrong this could be the case.
    why is this?

    due to development etc?

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    Yes. But I've found everone has a different oppion. Some say it makes a difference others say it doesn't.

    Some Bordeaux breeders have started steralising pups instead of fully desexing so they still get the hormones without the chance of being used for byb. They still advise desexing at 12 months though
    Last edited by Bordeaux; 01-21-2010 at 07:41 AM. Reason: to make sence, coz I add random words x_X

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    When I get my next shep I am waiting til 18 months because of development and breed survey. However, I have desexed many rescues far earlier without incident. I do think large and giant breeds need more time to grow where possible. If you can be responsible - why the hell not? Unfortunately, many owners are not responsible - let's hope this one is

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