A whopping 40% of female dogs will fall pregnant after just one mating session! That incredibly high number means you are at considerable risk of having a litter of unwanted puppies if you are not careful.
Do dogs get pregnant easily?
Dogs are incredibly successful at mating quickly and in unexpected situations. Even careful pet parents will likely face an unwanted pregnancy at some point. However, there are a number of options available to you even after your dog has mated to prevent pregnancy ensuing.
What is the best age for a dog to breed?
Temperament or personality of an individual dog may incline any particular dog to mating behavior and subsequent successful breeding. The best age to breed a dog’s age, size, sex and health. Generally from two years of age until they are senior.
What determines how many puppies a dog has?
Usually, the size of a dog litter is mainly based on the dog’s body size — simply because biologically, bigger bodies are able to carry a larger litter size than smaller bodies. The litter size also depends on the breed of the female. Some small dog breeds will only bear one puppy at a time; we call these singletons.
What should I do if my dog accidentally gets pregnant?
Use medical treatment to cause her to reabsorb or abort the litter. This is usually the treatment of choice. Vets generally use a drug called aglepristone, which blocks the action of progesterone (the “pregnancy hormone”), causing the bitch to reabsorb the embryos (if given early enough in pregnancy).
When is a female dog most fertile?
There’s a relatively small window when your dog is most fertile during the heat cycle; it may begin about nine or ten days after she goes into heat and lasts about five days. However, she can become pregnant until the end of the cycle.