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Q. Can I let my dogs (male and female) live together in the same place and let the female decide when is the right time for breeding?
Hello Mr.Frawley,

I'm new to breeding and I currently own a male and female rottweiler (both dogs are excellent on shows and have FCI certificate for Hd,Ed).

I want to breed them and I want to ask you the following question:

Can I let them (male and female) live together in the same place and let the female decide when is the right time for breeding?

Or should I separate male from female and bring them together only for breeding and then separate them again? (I have heard from some people that if the male live together with a feamle all the time in the same place then maybe the male could not understand when is the right time for breeding).

Thank you in advance.

Best Regards,
Dimitris
Athens-Greece

A. I kept my males and females separated. I did my own vaginal smears (I have an article on what to look for). On difficult bitches I had a very good reproductive vet who did progesterone tests and told me to the day to either breed or do an artificial insemination.

If you don’t have good vets – leave them together and see if they figure it out. Virgin males need to be bred 4 or 5 times before they know what they are doing. This can be a problem. I also don’t like allowing them to breed when I am not there – too much of a chance of a problem when they are tied together.

Kind Regards,
Ed Frawley
  
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