The most important consideration relating to breeding is when to breed. Before reading this week’s TPC, you may wish to refer to some of the other Sunday Stabroek TPC articles, especially those printed on July 8th and 29th, August 5th and 12th.

When to breed

The leading cause of an unsuccessful mating is improper timing (bringing the male and female together). Most dog owners are ‘day’ oriented. They attempt to breed on the 10th to the 14th day of the heat cycle.  Recent advances in the understanding of the reproductive cycle of the female dog indicate that ovulation cannot be accurately predicted just by counting the days of the heat cycle.  You may miss the early signs of heat, or your dog may show  …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.

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