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At what age does the female go into heat? I have a chance to get a 9 month old female or male puppy and want to spay or neuter either one of them. The trouble is if I get the female, I want her to be here for some time before I take the poor thing in to get spayed. She has to know us well first so that when we pick her up from the vet she will know us and be glad to see us and come home. I don't want to chance her starting to bleed as soon as I get her. So you think I will have time with her before she can still be spayed or before she begins her first heat? I would imagine that the male will already have started lifting his leg and I don't want to deal with that either.

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I'm not a breeder but I seem to remember my breeder saying that the females can come into heat anywhere from 6 months on and most of hers come into heat at around 9-10 months (if memory serves me). Are you sure the female hasn't already had a first heat cycle?


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The heat cycle varies greatly from bitch to bitch. 6-9 months is the typical age for the first cycle. She may have already had the cycle...if not, I really think you would be ok even if you only have her a little while before having her spayed. They generally bounce back fairly quick from that procedure and as long as you are around to give extra TLC...there should not be any problems. Susan
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