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    Default Late Heat?

    I'm not sure if I should be worried about my dog or not. I have an American Staffordshire Terrier and she had her first birthday over a week ago but she still hasn't come on heat yet? This is only the second girl I've ever owned and the first one had been bred before she was a year old, my ex kept her. Should I be worried? She's due back at the vet soon but was just wondering if anybody could give me any ideas? I guess I'd like some reassurance that she's ok

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    I cannot speak for Amstaffs, i just know my newfies have late heats, on average 12-14 month old and some at 18 months. I. personally, would never consider Breeding before 24 months though. And even then it would be dependent on health clearances and such.
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    I will check with the vet when she's due for her vaccinations again thanks for that And I totally agree, I'd never even consider breeding her until atleast 24 months old and IF I do (still undecided) I will have all the genetic disease tests done etc. To be honest I was just worried that something might be wrong but she's got a healthy appetite and is drinking and playing so doesn't seem sick. My sisters Staffy x got Pyometra earlier this year it almost killed her

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    I have found the pattern to be the larger the breed the later the season. I wouldn't be too worried about her not coming into heat yet at 12 months.

    Good to see someone who wants to breed responsibly, do you show or just hobby breed? (It's not a trick question, I show in Tas so was wondering).

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    desexing the dog is a good way to prevent a whole bunch of diseases associated with reproductive organs, including Pyometra.

    But with the bigger dogs, there is some research that suggests that desexing later eg just after the first heat - can be good to ensure proper bone development.

    Dogs desexed early (mine was desexed at 8 weeks by AWL), can have longer legs and narrower heads than they would otherwise. It's hard to tell with my dog because she's a bitsa anyway and she always had long legs for an ACD (x)

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    Yeah I'd always thought that it was best to let a girl have atleast one cycle, I think my vet told me that also. Can't remember the reasons why but it was meant to be better for her later on.
    And Crested, I got Topaz on main registration so I could show her but I have no idea where to start. I was meant to get help from the breeder but haven't had any. Now Topaz has a '****y' ear, it lays over her head so I'm not sure how to fix it, I know she wouldn't do well with her ear as it is. Which breed do you show?

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    Do you mind if I ask who your breeder is ? PM if you like

    Your girl looks like a sweety.
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    Ears can be rectified if you start early. I have a Chinese Crested, and as puppies they require taping to help the ear sit upright.
    Here's a site on gluing/taping Amstaff ears with photos: How to make perfect rose prick ears

    She may be a little old for it to work permanently, but I do know people whose dogs have dodgy ears and they tape a day or 2 before the show and remove it the morning of... they stay right for just enough time to be shown. You would need to talk to a fellow Amstaff person and ask it if would work with that breed.

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