Cuba and Tycho
Join Date: Jul 2013
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CUBA'S SECOND SEASON DIARY
Anyone up for another x-certificate thread? I thought it might just be interesting to compare Cuba's first season with the second? It might end up being so repetitious and boring that I'll give up on it, but thought to make a start just in case it is wildly different and therefore perhaps useful in some way?
NOT that it's started yet.
The first began on January 23rd, and ended on February 12th; so we are now roughly 6 months since then; according to my season bible, The Book of the Bitch, the average inter-oestrous period lasts seven months, but "periods of between five to 10 months are considered normal." Interestingly, the cycle period in German Shepherd dogs is significantly shorter (four to four and a half - I wonder why?), and African breeds such as the Basenji are said to cycle only once a year but this is beginning to change after years of domestication. More frequent heats can be associated with infertility. One of the signs that problems were brewing with my first Coton de Tulear, Pamba, was that she had her second season only three months after her first, and then a third about four months after that....not good.
So, just in case anyone is interested who doesn't know a million times more about all of this than I do (forgive me, all breeders out there, I know you are far more knowledgeable - this is the layman's take on the subject, and PLEASE put me right if I'm barking up wrong trees...), here are the oestrous cycle phases:
a) Pro-oestrus: lasts on average 9 days (range 2 to 27 days). This is the beginning of heat. The vulva swells and there is bleeding. The bitch is attractive to dogs but won't let them mate with her.
b) Oestrus: lasts on average 9 days (range 3 to 21 days). This stage is when the bitch will allow males to mate with her. The vulva is much enlarged. The discharge is straw-coloured rather than red. Ovulation occurs spontaneously, usually about 2 days after the start of oestrus.
c) Met-oestrus: lasts an average of 90 days. This stage occurs in the un-mated bitch where hormones equivalent to pregnancy are present that may result in signs of false pregnancy.
d) Anoestrus: this varies, but is, on average 75 days. This is the bit between cycles, a period of sexual inactivity. The duration of anoestrus usually determines how frequently the bitch will come into season.
So I am on the look out for any changes, and imagine that my best indicator will be Tycho's behaviour (he's my neutered Coton de Tulear, for anyone out there unfamiliar with his escapades last time around!) towards Cuba, and hers towards him. I don't expect much to happen for a bit, but you never know, so I'll start checking for any discharge - easy, a quick white-tissue wipe every day should show up any colour changes - and keep anyone posted who's interested.
Meantime, just to add that Cuba showed no signs of any false pregnancy which, had it been going to occur, would have done so in the three months or so after her season ended, in other words mid February to mid May.
Last edited by Lalla; 08-31-2014 at 05:51 AM.