Q: When will my dog go through puberty?

June 27, 2010 | By Mary T. | 1 answer | Expired: 2036 days ago

Mary T.

I’m going to miss those innocent, carefree days of puppyhood, but when will my dog go through puberty?

Chosen Answer

Whether or not you’re looking forward to puppy puberty, it happens as early as six months in miniature breeds and as late as 18 months in the giant breeds. Whenever puberty arrives, the young males begin to produce fertile sperm and the females begin to ovulate. Puberty in female dogs is not the same as nubility — the ability to carry a pregnancy to term — which arrives soon enough.

Once things get established, a female dog’s heat cycle occurs about twice a year. Consider the consequences, and remember the carefree days of puppyhood.

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