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Can my 5 month old male dog breed

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Can my 5 month old male dog breed?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. John replied 8 years ago.
Hello. Thanks for writing in. Do you know if your 5 month old dog is in heat. Typically dogs don't go into their first heat cycle until 6-8 months of age. They cannot get pregnant unless they are in their heat cycle. Signs of the heat cycle that owners notice most are enlarged vulva with a reddish to brownish discharge. If you are looking to breed her, I wouldn't recommend breeding until after 1 year of age. If that is your plan, I would consult with your veterinarian. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Hope this helps.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
The female is 7 years old. The male is 5 months old
Expert:  Dr. John replied 8 years ago.
I am sorry. Misread the question. Usually male dogs don't go into sexual maturity until 6-8 months either, but it can be earlier. Chances are he is not producing viable sperm yet. The best way to find out is to find a veterinarian who specializes in reproduction to try to collect a sample. Sometimes, your regular veterinarian can see sperm cells on a urinalysis sediment. If some are seen, that usually means they are producing viable sperm. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Hope this helps.