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what is the youngest age

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what is the youngest age
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  NancyH replied 10 years ago.
When they can and when they should are two different ages.
A female dog can breed when she comes into her first heat which usually happens sometime between the age of 6-12 months of age. Heat cycles usually come every six months or so after that first cycle.
AKC will not register pups to females less than 8 months old at the time of breeding.
Normally though you do not breed a dog until she is on her third heat to allow her time to mature in mind and body so she will be physically and mentally mature enough to raise a healthy litter.
Responsible breeders usually wait to breed until all the health testing has been completed to ensure that the pups will not be inheriting hereditary problems from the parents.
Hope this helps you!