When Ruby is two years old we will be breeding her with a red standard poodle stud. The two dogs will mate when Ruby is in her second week of the heat cycle or a rule of thumb of the 10th, 12th and 14th day of the cycle. Since we are having a planned pregnancy with Ruby and know that the pregnancy cycle for a dog is 56 to 60 days, we can be ready for her delivery. The dog breed info center has a great timeline of the gestation period month by month, take a look here. Around 28 days from conception you can bring your dam into the vet to see if she is pregnant. The vet will either do abdominal palpitations, x-rays, or an ultrasound to see if there are puppies. If the dam is pregnant this is a good time to talk with your vet about diet, health, and what to expect through pregnancy and delivery. Make sure to get the emergency phone number from your vet for any afterhour emergencies.
When you know your dog is pregnant the next thing to do is make a whelping box. A whelping box should:
Be big enough for the dam and her puppies to stretch in and be comfortable with blankets or towels.
Have a doorway to go in and out of and big enough so the mom doesn’t jump over the box and squish her puppies.
Have a guardrail for the puppies protection so the dam doesn’t fall asleep on them or lay on them.
Get your dam accustomed to the whelping box early in pregnancy so she can deliver in the box and knows it is a safe, comfortable place for her and her puppies. Having a heating pad or blanket on half of the box floor is a good idea, but only half so the puppies and mom can leave the heat if need be. (Here is a great list of suggested supplies for whelping.)
This picture is from a litter of the prospective stud we will be using. The puppies are only a couple days old. This picture just gets us so excited!!!
Do any of you have puppy fever now?