How young can a dog or puppy have babies?

Asked by Member 820963 on Mar 29th 2009 Tagged dogs, puppies, reproduction, mating in Puppies
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Bam-Bam, CGC

Well... This is a loaded question. They CAN be impregnated as young as their first heat cycle, however this is very dangerous for them and unhealthy as they are still a puppy themselves. They SHOULDN'T be bred until after 2 years of age, proper health testing, and being proven in their breed.
Its kind of like with people... Most girls CAN get pregnant around like 12, but they SHOULDN'T until they are older, have an education, a job, and are physically more able to handle a pregnancy.

Bam-Bam, CGC answered on 3/29/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 2 Report this answer


Loaded question is putting it mildly......especially in here. I'd consult your vet.

Kayak answered on 3/29/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Physically, yes, a dog can have pups as young as 6 months. But it's not good for them. (It isn't even exactly good for them at the right age.) That said, the earliest age ever should be two years. Mostly because some of the health testing cannot be done until this age.

I'd personally never recommend a vet when it comes to the ethics involved in breeding. Genetic health testing is a topic that, in my experience, a lot of vets seem to be ignorant about. A yearly check up, etc, that they know. But a vet check is hardly all the health testing that is needed. There is OFA, test for hip dysplicia, and CERF, the test for genetic eye disorders, to name two of the tests that need to be done before breeding a dog.

Not only this, but this is a pretty basic question. You'll need to know the answer to much more complicated questions before actually breeding. (If you are planning to do so, that is.) Breeding without the necessary knowledge is very risky for the female, her pups, and even the male.
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Member 371549 answered on 3/29/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


I am not sure exactly what you you want to know. The above answers are quite factual. I only want to add that the best thing for for most pet owners is to get their females spayed by 6 months. That is nearly always early enough to avoid having a heat cycle.

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Please remember, we are slaughtering millions of dogs every year for lack of homes.

Aster answered on 3/29/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


They can be be as early as 6month or first heat. A 6 month old dog is a baby.
So please spay dog.

Member 783537 answered on 3/30/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Puppies should NEVER have babies. But an adult dog should not have babies until atleast the age of 18 months, preferably 24. All of the proper testing should be done first. Look at and read all of their breeding guidelines.

Tucker answered on 3/31/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer