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Your German Short hair Pointer will come into heat around 6-12 months of age. Generally this breed averages around 8 months of age but it can be anywhere as early as 6 months to as late as 12 months.
The heat will last around 21 days and she IS fertile at this time, but she should NEVER be mated before she is 2 years of age. Young dogs are not ready emotionally or physically to give birth because they have not finished growing yet, allowing a young dog to give birth is akin to allowing a 13 year old girl to give birth..........they simply are NOT ready yet!
Young dogs make for bad mothers and often kill or abandon the litter from fear and exhaustion. She will be physically and mentally ready when she is 2 years old. Make sure before breeding any dog that you have her fully examined by your vet to check for any defects and to ensure she is healthy enough to carry a litter to full term. There are a lot of problems that can go wrong in the whelping aspect and the last thing we want is for her to become hurt, so having these tests run are very important for her health and the well being of her puppies.
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