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    My chocolate lab female just turned a year old on August 18th, but has yet to have her first heat cycle. At what point do I start to get concerned?

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    When she turns three.
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    My 16 month old just came in for the first time. It isn't unusual for the girls to be older the first time.

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    There are many factors which determines when your girl will come in heat. Your best bet would be to ask the owner of her mother when she came in for the first time since it often runs in the family. Also, if you only have the one dog or just females around and they don't often interact with the opposite sex, things could be delayed. Amount of body fat or the lack of it will also delay heat cycles. The first heat cycle could be minimal, very little swelling, very little to no noticeable bleeding, and could last for a very short duration- under a week. Black dogs are also better at keeping these things "secret" over yellows which seem to be a lot more noticeable.
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    What Raina said!
    I have never had a female (from my current family of Labs) that has had her first heat cycle before 12 months. Normal for us is in the 14-17 month range with a few a little sooner or later than that.
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    More experienced guys have told me that working girls sometimes don't have their first heat cycle until 2 years. My girl came into heat yesterday for the first time, she is 15 months old.

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    Mine are all around 18mt. first; then every 7mt like clock-work. I got a 9mt old pup now, if she'd hold off until 3; I'd be very ok with it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barndog View Post
    My chocolate lab female just turned a year old on August 18th, but has yet to have her first heat cycle. At what point do I start to get concerned?
    I bet she's just waiting for hunting season to start. Her next cycle will be during next year's test/trial season.

    Mine was about a year old when she had her first cycle.
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    Thanks for the info, looks like there's no need to worry for quite some time then.

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