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When does a female go into 1st Heat?

Do you know when a female GR goes into their first heat? Savannah is going to be 8 months old this Friday and she hasn't gone into heat yet. I have read in books anywhere from 7-9 months, is that right? How can you tell when they are going to go into heat? I have never had a female not spayed before so this is a new experience for me. I am already to go, I bought a cloth diaper and pads that go into it.
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Historically, my girls go into heat somewhere between 9 and 13 months of age. I have never had one go in as early as 6 or 7 months but I am sure there are lines that do.

My girls generally display humping and riding behavior about 6 weeks in advance of going into season. Their vulva also starts to swell, and sometimes they are, well, downright "bitchy" acting :-)

Some bleed like stuck pigs and are awful to deal with and others have just a few drops here and there. I can also watch how the boys behave around them, to tell if they are starting to smell good to them.

If you have neighbors, you will want to watch for visiting boys and do not let her out of your sight. It is impossible to overestimate the determination of a male dog when they know there is a bitch in season.

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Layla came in at 6 months 2 days. was very light though-i also had diapers ready, but didn't really need them.
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Katie was just over a year old for her first heat. She was swollen and was licking herself alot to keep herself clean and she didnt bleed very much. We did not use any diapers. During her heat that last 21 days she was very calm, cuddly and quiet.....resting alot.
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Thanks, glad to know generally what to watch out for. I'll be watching her like a hawk when she does go into heat, I was already forewarned about neighboring male dogs coming around. I was so glad we got through beginner's class without her going into heat.
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