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I have British bulldog she started spots of blood Thursday

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Hi I have British bulldog she started spots of blood Thursday night and she is a brilliant looking girl and wanted her to have a family when's best time to get the dog around
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 2 years ago.

Hi JaCustomer,

My name is ***** ***** I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.

Each dog is different but for the most part it is about a week after she starts bleeding. Let me go over the heat cycle and then give you a site that shows some of the physical changes and discuss your dog's case specifically after that.

The average heat cycle for a dog is approximately 3 weeks but for some dogs it is longer and for others it is shorter. During the first part of a dogs heat period you will notice swelling of the vulva, possibly an increase in urination and bleeding. If there are male dogs around you will notice them hanging around her. This stage generally last about 7 days and she will not allow males to mate with her during this period. This is where your dog is right now.

The second part of the heat cycle is when she will accept a male and breed. Usually a female will lift her tail out of the way called flagging. Usually the bleeding has stopped or become very light at this point. This can last from 4 to 21 days though the average is 7 days. Many expert say the 9-10th day of heat is the optimum day for breeding. So if you only have one day, I would pick one close to day 8-9. It is during this period of time that you will want to allow mating. Most breeders allow the dogs to mate every other day during this period.

Then during the last stage of heat she will be less willing to breed as she is going out of heat. This stage averages 7 days. Each dog is different so some evaluation by the owner is necessary. The whole heat period should be approximately 21 days but as stated can be longer or shorter depending on the dog. Here is an excellent website with pictures to illustrate a female in different stages of heat.

Now monitor mating but be aware that sometimes they are unable to mate naturally. In this case, it may be necessary to have artificial insemination performed. Here is an excellent site on this.

And purchase kits from here:

Here is a great video on AI.

Try natural breeding but if it doesn't work out, be prepared to do AI. Many vets will do AI quite cheaply if you have the male and female there together. I have clients who have only paid $100 to have it done at their vets.

I hope this information is helpful to you. If you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to press the reply to expert or continue conversation button so I can address any issues you still have . Please rate if you found this helpful.