As a new Yorkie puppy owner you may be wondering how soon till your Yorkie goes into heat and what should you do about it. In this article we’ll cover both topics.
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When Do Yorkies Start their Period?
Female Yorkshire terriers will usually experience heat for the first time at some point between 11-13 months. Smaller Yorkies, like teacups, might experience their period at a much later date because of their slower rate of growth.
After their first period, females will normally experience heat periods every six months. They might continue to show some signs of heat two weeks before or after their actual period, though they’re normally not able to become pregnant during this time.
Several factors, including the weather and their diet, can impact the time of a dog’s period. Yorkies that don’t get enough to eat or having been suffering from heat exhaustion may never start to have their period even if they otherwise would have started to.
If your dog is consistently missing her period and she isn’t pregnant, then this could be a sign of a serious problem. Consider contacting a vet.
Do Yorkies Have Periods?
Female Yorkies that have not been spayed will experience the same kinds of periods that all other female dogs will. In general, they aren’t any more or less intense than those felt by other species.
While male Yorkies don’t have periods, some who aren’t neutered will enter a state where they experience strong sexual urges all of a sudden. Regardless of their gender, pay close attention to your dog to see if you can figure out when their cycles begin and end.
Spayed female Yorkies are biologically unable to go into heat in most cases, and neutered males will normally have very little sex drive. Keep in mind that dogs hump objects for many reasons that aren’t at all sexual, so this doesn’t necessarily indicate that a Yorkie is entering any part of a reproductive cycle.
All female dogs, including Yorkshires, have four distinct periods that make up their reproductive cycle. Estrus refers to when the dog is fertile and ready to enrage in a conjugal act.
This is normally what pet owners and breeders mean when they refer to a dog’s period.
How Long Do Yorkies Have their Period?
Female Yorkshire terriers usually have a period that lasts for around a week, though some pet owners have reported situations where their dogs will have cycles that last up to a month. In general, it’s only larger female Yorkies that have periods that are this intense.
Teacup Yorkies usually won’t go into heat for that long, especially if they’re otherwise relatively frail. Dogs that are underweight may not even have a period.
Some dog owners will misinterpret the fact that their Yorkie is missing her period as a sign she’s pregnant when in reality she might need to eat more than she does.
Previous pregnancies can impact a Yorkie’s cycle, particularly in cases where she carried multiple puppies to term. The exact impact can be somewhat unpredictable, however.
How Do I Know if My Yorkie is in Heat?
Yorkies females tend to hold their tails close to their body when they’re in heat. Their vulva and genital area will start to enlarge as well.
Some Yorkies will start to lick the area while others will let out a blood-tinged discharge. Poorly socialized Yorkies may show some aggression toward male dogs.
Most female Yorkies will get extremely clingy and need more attention, especially if they’re not going to actually mate. When your dog starts to suddenly climb all over you, there’s a good sign that she’s in heat and has begun her cycle.
Vaginal bleeding or a swollen vulva could also indicate that a Yorkie has entered what veterinarians call proestruso. This isn’t so much their period as it is a preparation that dogs go through to increase their overall level of fertility.
How Many Times Do Yorkies Go in Heat?
There’s no set amount of time that Yorkshire terriers will go into heat. They simply continue to experience a period once every six months or so until the conditions are no longer right for them to have it.
Unlike humans, dogs don’t enter menopause at a certain age. A female dog who is at a healthy weight and isn’t exposed to harsh weather can theoretically go into heat continuously for her whole life.
Some breeders will cease breeding a particular female after just a few times for ethical reasons, though it’s technically possible to continue to impregnate the same Yorkie each time she goes into heat.
What Do You Do When Your Yorkie is in Heat?
Yorkies that enter the estrus stage of their heat cycle, when they’re fertile and prepared to mate, need to be covered in order to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Separate your terrier from other dogs, especially male ones, and consider using a doggie diaper or a cloth rear covering to reduce the risk of accidental coitus.
So-called heat pants are often used to help catch the menstruation materials that are given off by dogs in heat. Yorkies need to be specially fitted for these because of their unique size and shape.
Remember that you still need to watch your dog very carefully when she’s in heat, because these protective coverings only work to a certain point. Dogs can often still mate while they’re in place, especially if their hormones are raging and they have strong physical urges as a result.
Do Dogs in Heat Get Cramps?
Dogs can get cramps when they go into heat, but not every dog will. It depends on their diet, the weather and how they’ve responded to their cycle in the past.
Some dogs will naturally have much more intense periods than others, which can be quite painful. Since dogs have a tendency to become extremely affectionate during their period, it might be best to give your furry friends some extra attention and care during this time.
A few breeders have reported instances where their females won’t get cramps but will experience some other kind of pain or soreness as a result of their period. This most commonly manifests itself as a sharp abdominal pain, though dogs can also experience localized tenderness during their period as well.