Monkey, my English Staffordshire Bull Terrier is officially in heat. Monkey has been smelling everything for two weeks now, has been bitchy to other dogs and has been testing my nerves by not listening well. These are signs that my dog was going into heat.
Signs Your English Staffordshire Bull Terrier is in HEAT!
When your female dog hits the age of puberty, she will start having cycles of Estrus, also known as heat. Just like in people, it is in these cycles (only two per year) that she will release her eggs and be able to reproduce. From what I understand, English Staffordshire Bull Terriers only have 3 or 4 puppies the first time they are bred.
My Staffy started to act restless in the office all day (normally she sleeps) and started to have to go pee more than her usual 3 times times a day starting about 10 days ago. She started bleeding yesterday but has had swelling of her vulva for a good two weeks now. Although she can get pregnant at this stage, any dog would be hard pressed (no pun intended) to get close to her right now. She is very sensitive and doesn’t even like strangers to touch her near her hips let alone an intact male…well…doing his thing. This stage of heat is called Proestrus and will last anywhere from 4-17 days. Last time Monkey went into heat, she showed color (the breeder way of saying she bled) for 28 days. That meant that I had to change her diaper with maxi pad out every time I walked her for 28 days. That’s a lot of changing.
Once she passes this first stage of heat, she will start the next stage of heat, which is the Estrus or Heat stage. This is when she can get pregnant. The last cycle my English Staffy went through was a difficult time for me. She was wondering around to all of my neighbors yards and sat at my French doors staring at some male lab that sniffed her out, braved La Jolla BLVD and maybe even the I-5, just to hump my baby girl. Ya see, much like your female dog, Monkey has not been taught the “rules of engagement” and had NO DESIRE to reject any male that tried to hump her. At the end of this stage, it is pretty cut and dry. Either, she is pregnant or she is not. Keep in mind, dogs will dig, jump, climb and swim to mate with your female dog in heat, so keep a close watch.
The next stage of heat is called the Diestrus and will last between six and ten weeks. My English Staffordshire Bull Terrier Breeder told me that this is when all of her hormones release and I will notice many changes in her body. She thickened up and got more of a flex your muscle type posture. At this point, if your bitch didn’t get pregnant, she may still show the signs of pregnancy. Monkey nurtured her stuffed animals that she normally “skinned” when she was bored, she whined for attention all the time and showed absolutely no interest in male dogs. She also had a false pregnancy where her mammary glands got bigger and produced some milk.
The last stage of my English Staffies Heat is called Anestrus. This stage in heat last for 15 weeks. If she didn’t become pregnant she’ll loose her interest in males, her hormones will settle down and she’ll stop producing milk. If she did become pregnant, it is during this stage of heat that she will have cute little English Staffy Puppies!