Can a Border Collie Puppy Get Pregnant Before First Heat?

It is important to know that Border Collies, or any dog for that matter can get pregnant during their first estrous cycle, expanding the opportunity that an unintentional breading might happen.

Can a dog get pregnant before their first heat?

It is impossible for a Border Collie puppy to get pregnant before going into heat. If you are worried that your pup might be pregnant, then you have to know if it’s been in heat before, or in it’s cycle now. Sadly, it can be difficult to tell if a dog is in heat, especially with smaller dogs that don’t bleed much.

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What are the signs that your Border Collie is going into heat?

7 Signs That Your Dog Is In Heat.

  1. Excessive licking of the genital area.
  2. Agitated, nervous, or aggressive behavior.
  3. Swollen vulva.
  4. Urinating more frequently.
  5. Change in tail position.
  6. Bloody or colored discharge from the vulva.
  7. Receptive to male dogs.

What are the chances of a dog getting pregnant first time?

40% of female Border Collie dogs will fall pregnant with only one mating session. That’s almost half of all dog pregnancies. This large percentage means that dog breeding is a responsibility to all owners. Don’t gamble with your dog, or you may end up with a litter of undesirable pups. Fortunately, there are several safe methods to stalling pregnancy prior to mating, but we will leave that for another article.

Can a 6 month old puppy get pregnant?

Dogs can get pregnant between six and twelve months. Talk to your vet before considering breeding a dog at this young age. In almost all cases this is bad for the dog because she is still a puppy and has not yet matured.  Breeding too early can lead to physical problems, behavioral issues, and sometimes death.

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How soon can you tell if a dog is pregnant after mating?

If your dog is pregnant, you may notice several changes taking place during the first 30 days. Look for mucus discharge one month after mating. Her teats will become larger in size and may produce a semi-clear discharge. 

A veterinarian can do an ultrasound scan as early as three weeks to determine if your dog is pregnant . The scan will be able to tell you the number of puppies your dog is carrying by detecting the fetal heartbeats.

Five signs that your dog is pregnant.

  1. Increase in breast and nipple size.
  2. Increase in weight.
  3. A bigger belly.
  4. Increase in appetite.
  5. Bodily discharge.

Can a 3 month old Border Collie puppy get pregnant?

It is virtually impossible for a puppy to get pregnant at three months of age. There have been a few cases reported where small breeds have gone into heat in as little as four months, but this is rare. Dogs experience their first estrus cycle at six to twelve months of age.

Do dogs get pregnant every time they tie?

No, dogs do not get pregnant every time they tie. No matter if it is a short or long tie, there is no guarantee that the dog is pregnant. Pregnancy can also occur without a tie. Once they are tied the male and female dog will end up standing back to back.

At what age is a male Border Collie fertile?

Usually after six months of age. Larger canine breeds may take longer to reach sexual maturity. Male dogs are promiscuous early and are often willing to mate year round, with any available female. Border Collie owners should wait until the male dog is at least seven months of age before mating.

What is the best age for a dog to have puppies?

Veterinarians recommend that breeders wait until the female is at least 18 months of age before breeding. At this age the dog is fully grown which will decrease the chance of complications. Smaller breeds can often breed at one year. It is also not recommended to breed a bitch after age seven.

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Will my dog change after her first heat?

When a dog goes into heat changes will take place as the hormones in her body change.  Changes can range from mild to severe. These hormonal changes can cause the dog to become stressed or irritable. The dog may also lose its appetite during the first week. If breeding, be sure to offer high-quality dog food during this time.

Do dogs bleed the whole time they are in heat?

This depends on the dog as it can vary.  Vaginal bleeding can range from mild to heavy during estrus. Signs of bleeding may not be visible for days. The dog’s age and overall health can often be a factor. Consult your veterinarian if you have concerns.

Wrapping things up! Hopefully this article sums up the heat and pregnancy cycles for dogs. If you have a young puppy and are worried about it being pregnant at too young of an age, please consult your local veterinarian.

About Jerry Miles

Jerry Miles is a US Army vet who made his career in business. He has hiked the Appalachian, survived a shipwreck, and lived on the beachside of California. He and his wife share their home in Southern Georgia with two extraordinary boys, a beautiful daughter, 2 Border Collies, and a lot of farm animals.