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Hi Everyone,

I have toy poodle who is about to turn 10 months. I have plans to breed her when she is 24 months. I was told by the breeder that she should have her first heat when she turns 7 to 9 months old, but that I should not breed her until she is 24 months. I am worried though because she still has not had a period yet and will be 10 months old on the 26th of this month. Are these calculations correct or might she come into heat later?
 

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Is she your only dog, or do you have other entire females? Poppy had maybe two obvious heats in 9 years - she is the "junior" of my two, and my vet told me it was not uncommon for heat to be suppressed in these circumstances. But first heat can come anywhere between 7 and 18 months, or even later, so I certainly would not be concerned yet a while.

Is her breeder mentoring you through planning a litter and managing the process? It can be risky, complicated, expensive and even heart breaking, and is not something to attempt without considerable experience or support.
 
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Hi Everyone,

I have toy poodle who is about to turn 10 months. I have plans to breed her when she is 24 months. I was told by the breeder that she should have her first heat when she turns 7 to 9 months old, but that I should not breed her until she is 24 months. I am worried though because she still has not had a period yet and will be 10 months old on the 26th of this month. Are these calculations correct or might she come into heat later?
Mine got her first heat at 8 months
 

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Some bitches will start cycling younger, some will start cycling later. Knowing when bitches in a line typically start cycling can give you an idea, but you will still have some outliers.

Also, canine heat cycles and human periods are very different. These are a couple of articles about the basics of heat cycles and breeding. Estrous Cycles in Dogs and What To Know About Dogs in Heat

You can go ahead and start working on getting her titled and health tested in the meanwhile.
 

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Is she your only dog, or do you have other entire females? Poppy had maybe two obvious heats in 9 years - she is the "junior" of my two, and my vet told me it was not uncommon for heat to be suppressed in these circumstances. But first heat can come anywhere between 7 and 18 months, or even later, so I certainly would not be concerned yet a while.

Is her breeder mentoring you through planning a litter and managing the process? It can be risky, complicated, expensive and even heart breaking, and is not something to attempt without considerable experience or support.
She is our only dog. I haven't spoken to the breeder since we bought her. Thanks for the advice, It helps a lot.
 

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Some bitches will start cycling younger, some will start cycling later. Knowing when bitches in a line typically start cycling can give you an idea, but you will still have some outliers.

Also, canine heat cycles and human periods are very different. These are a couple of articles about the basics of heat cycles and breeding. Estrous Cycles in Dogs and What To Know About Dogs in Heat

You can go ahead and start working on getting her titled and health tested in the meanwhile.
Thank you. This helps a lot. What does getting her titled mean?
 

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Thank you. This helps a lot. What does getting her titled mean?
Showing her in sports like conformation, obedience, rally, nosework, et cetera, to earn titles.
 
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