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Q. I have only had 2 litters and have questions on when to breed my bitch.
I have a question that you may be able to answer for me. I have an outstanding, proven GSD, imported from the Czech Republic. She is three and a half, and has had one litter of outstanding puppies.

I am trying to breed her to another outstanding, proven GSD, imported from Germany, that belongs to our Police Department here. He has sired one great litter of puppies, and is seven years old.

The big question that I have is when do I breed them? She seemed to start coming into heat a couple of weeks ago. That's when my neutered male started paying attention to her and trying to mount her.

That is when we started getting the two desired partners together about every other day. The bitch started bleeding eight days ago. Two days ago they "tied" for approximately 25 minutes.

Yesterday he showed no interest in her at all, as a matter of fact he ignored her. She is discharging a pale pink, almost clear fluid now. What makes me wonder about this is the fact that she was so aggressive towards him that I soft muzzled her, to keep her from injuring him.

This will be my third litter, and I guess this one means quite a bit to me. I went through a lot of trouble to get the department's approval, and will test and raise one of the puppies (If I have any worthy), following the RCMP Puppy Program Guidelines. I would take any advice, criticism, or anything else you have for me.

Dave

A. You should have been taking her to an experienced vet to do slides. Normally bitches are bred on the 11th day, normally inexperienced handlers miss the first 3 days of a dog bleeding because the bitches clean themselves up so well. They need to be checked the first thing in the morning with a kleenex for any signs of blood to determine the first day.

The best test when to breed is the stud dog I bred 2 females last week and only took one tie. You have to believe the male.
  
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