At What Age Do Dogs Go Into Their First Heat?

Knowing when your female dog will go into heat will help you plan for spaying. This guide is about at what age do dogs go into their first heat?
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At what age does a female Chihuahua go into heat? Twice now in as many days I think I've seen blood on my white shorts and it's not coming from me. She's my brother's dog and he is sure to freak out never having a female dog before. I'm leaving in 2 days and want to help him before I go.

By Peggy from San Antonio, TX

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A female dog usually goes into heat around 6 months of age and ever six months or so after her first. If he doesn't intend to breed her, he might want to have her spayed. Not only does a bitch in heat make a bit of a mess but she also will attract the attention of every frisky male for miles from the scent of her "heat". - Brenda (dog breeder for 23 years)

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Thank you Brenda for the quick response. That would be about right then for her. She's a week short of being 5 months. Yesterday she acted like she didn't feel good all day, just laying on her pillow . Bless her heart, I felt bad for her.

He does plan on having her spayed but is recovering from a heart attack and just haven't had a chance.I've grown so attached to her I've threatened to doggie-nap her. I just love her, is going to be hard to go home and leave her.

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Msburny, shy of 5 months isn't unheard of either. I have had many dogs go into their first heat between 4-5 months of age. It's good to hear he plans to have her spayed. Hope he can do it before she's "discovered" by a male!

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Get her fixed! Dogs can go into heat very early. A male dog will find her, the scent goes for miles. Please, please, get her fixed or there will be unwanted puppies in 8 weeks.

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