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Question by chiefmotorman
Submitted on 3/15/2004
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what is the earliest you can breed a golden retreiver

Answer by Tanisha
Submitted on 3/15/2004
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The earliest they will breed is their first heat which can come as young as 6 months but don't breed before at least the second heat or 1 1/2 years.


Answer by Mike
Submitted on 3/19/2004
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Well Chief, you asked a good question.

A Golden female will stand for a male upon the first heat cycle. In most cases you should wait to breed a female until after her second birthday.


First,is because the screening tests for Hips and elbows can't be done until the dog is twenty-four months of age.

Second, is because Goldens tend to mature later, much later in fact than most other retriever breeds. So the female just isn't equipped psychologically and emotionally to deal with the stress of a litter until at least two years of age.

If you choose to breed earlier than two years of age, be prepared to take on all the responsibilities of the mother including bottle feeding, rotating, cleaning up after them, socialization etc.    


Answer by little foot
Submitted on 2/15/2005
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My female golden became pregnant on her first cycle, despite our efforts to keep the male separated.  He began opening glass doors and breaking her out of her cage.

I digress, but she did have 2 healthy boys and she takes excellent care of them.  We did not have to lift a finger.  Although she does play a little rough w/them sometimes.


Answer by Dog lover
Submitted on 7/20/2007
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I would most def. wait until after she is 2 yrs old. anyone who really cares and loves animals want to makes sure they are having all the proper testing done, x-rays,shots,etc. if you are unsure about it then read up on it.  you don't to pass on "bad" blood line. its important to make sure the papers are checked too.  it's a big deal! i'm glad you love your dog to make sure you do everything the right way...i wish more people were like you to educate themselves.


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