At what age does a female dog normally starts her menstrual cycle? Also when she does is she then considered an adult?
on May 14th 2012
in Other Health & Wellness
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Depending on the dog's size it can be anywhere from 6 - 24 months before she enters her first heat cycle, though from what I've seen and read 8-9 months is pretty typical.
It doesn't mean she's an adult, no. If your 6 month JRT goes into heat, for example, she's still a 6 month puppy.
Just like with humans. If a 14 year old starts her menses she's not suddenly an adult.
Chase answered on 5/14/12. Helpful? / 2
Actually, dogs don't have menstrual cycles. They have estrus. It's similar to menstrual in that there's bleeding, but works differently. They can get pregnant during estrus.
A dog is considered an adult at the age of 1 year, but they can get estrus (commonly known as the "heat cycle" anywhere from the age of 6 months to 2 years.
Gray Dawn Treader answered on 5/14/12. Helpful? / 1