This article is a part of ongoing series about female dogs in heat.
When you get a new female dog puppy, you may be wondering, what is the age, she should first come in heat. Maybe it’s been about time already, but your dog has not come in heat, yet? Should you worry?
Female dogs normally come in heat when they have reached their sexual maturity. In most cases, it is between six and twelve months of age. However, exceptions are possible. And not always they should be considered abnormalities. Smaller dog breeds tend to come in heat at younger ages as they mature earlier, both sexually and physically.
If your female dog has not come in heat by age two, visit a vet
Most veterinarians suggest not to worry about dog not coming in heat till she has reached two years of age, especially in larger dog breeds.
Consult a veterinarian, if your dog has not come in heat after reaching age of two years. Reasons for this happening may vary from harmless to dangerous. Some of possible causes for a dog not coming in heat may be genital disease, low overall health of the dog, or silent heat. There are others as well, so you should check with your vet, instead of searching for possible on the internet.
Even though, silent heat is quite common in young and smaller dog breeds, it is considered abnormality, which may make you assume, dog has not been in heat, yet. However, it is just because symptoms of the dog being in heat were not strong enough to notice. Also, it is possible, dog owner misunderstand symptoms for something else.
Besides that, if you have spayed your dog, she will not come in heat. It may seem obvious, but there are owners who do not know that.
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