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    Since I had my last two females spayed just before and just after their first heat cycle I don't have a lot of experience in this area. I decided to wait until my current female Brittany is about 2 years of age before having her spayed. She didn't have her first heat cycle until she was a little over a year old (mid July). I was expecting she might have her second cycle in January but still nothing to date. From what I read a female can range anywhere from 4-11 months between cycles. What's been your experience?

    I have some NSTRA trials coming up in April and May I want to run her in and wish her next cycle would be over by then.
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    My female comes in the week after Thanksgiving every year. 12 months to the day. Most of my females have been this way.

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    Just once a year? I guess every dog is different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dakotazeb View Post
    Just once a year? I guess every dog is different.
    Dogs that are trained hard and athletic tend to have one heat cycle a year. Common with field trial dogs. Most of mine tend to not have a cycle until after their 2nd birthday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by westksbowhunter View Post
    Dogs that are trained hard and athletic tend to have one heat cycle a year. Common with field trial dogs. Most of mine tend to not have a cycle until after their 2nd birthday.
    That is interesting. I have found that my dogs, which hunt a lot and also when they are in training tend to have longer periods between cycles. My latest dog who is 2 has only had one heat cycle that I know of. But she was in intense training for 4 -5 months and then in the middle of hunting all fall so it might have effected her cycle. Her mother which I also own will cycle exactly six months after she finishes whelping a litter! But if I give her a cycle or two off her cycles lengthen out as well. My oldest just went into a heat cycle and I bred her but the 2 year old didn't follow behind her. I thought for sure she would since they spend almost every minute of the day together! All I can say is that dogs are different.

    Zeb any reason why you are insistent on having her spayed? Lots of research out now that shows how hunting dogs and those that are active tend to have more knee and hip problems due to spaying and neutering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldenboy View Post
    Zeb any reason why you are insistent on having her spayed? Lots of research out now that shows how hunting dogs and those that are active tend to have more knee and hip problems due to spaying and neutering.
    I have never intended to breed any of my females. Bree is an allergy dog and I don't think that is a trait I'd want to pass on. I also don't want to deal with the cycles.
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    I understand! By the way it looks like you are in a warm dry climate right about now! Lucky you. Snowing like crazy today out my office window.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dakotazeb View Post
    I have never intended to breed any of my females. Bree is an allergy dog and I don't think that is a trait I'd want to pass on. I also don't want to deal with the cycles.
    Heat cycles never bothered me. It is generally a bigger deal for the owners than the dog. Just keep on hunting and training. Males are in heat 360 days a year.

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    Heat cycles and field trials don't mix!!
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    In over 25 years I have learned,,,,,nothing. Any time you try to predict a heat cycle, they will make a fool of you more often than not. Most females will have a 6 month range between cycles. But that can vary greatly. The ones that follow that clock are easier to plan things. But can ruin a trial career LOL. My dog Loren for example, has ran 5 trials at almost 7 years old, due to heat in spring and fall.. Some follow a 9 month, some a year. Average is 6 months. Even a 6 month girl can fool you and go 5 one time and 7 the next.

    My River dog had a litter once where she went 15 months between cycles. Now that one drove people nuts waiting for a pup of hers LOL. As far as spay, that can pretty much be done any time. But they typically want them to be done with heat. I am guessing that's what your after? 30-60 days after heat and take her in?

    And don't think a litter changes schedules. I tried that with Loren, and it never worked. Others it does.

    I have one here that is a year old and has not had her bloom yet either. Her Mom is Loren, who was a 6 month clock. Go figure LOL.

    Last, don't buy in to that "dogs trained hard will go in heat once a year" story LOL. I can shoot big holes in that concept all day long LOL.
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