How to tell if American Eskimo is pregnant?

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Aug 24th, 2004 00:00
California
candi5
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Hi everyone, I am new here, but the info I have read seems quite reliable, so I will try my question. We have a 3 year old, Miniature American Eskimo, she went into heat mid-July and was bred on day 8 of her cycle. First breeding was the 30 and then she was bred again 2 days later and then once again 2 days after that one. She is quite small, even for a mini (under 10lbs) so I don't want to do anything to hurt her. She is sleeping quite a bit now,which is unusual for her and she is eating more, even out of our Bulldogs dish, which is something she has NEVER done before!!! Are these some positive signs of pregnancy, or could it be to early to tell? I haven't noticed her nipples getting any larger or her belly, but it is a little harder to the touch. If anyone has any info for me, I would really appreciate it. Thanks again Candace
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Aug 25th, 2004 00:00
Virginia
Karen_Peak
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The best and most accurate way to tell if it is a true pregnancy and not a false one (not all pregnant girls show signs until they go into labor, others may show all the signs that should be there but have a false pregnancy) is to wait until about the 5th week of gestation and have the vet xray. This can tell you if she is or not as well as an idea of how many to expect. I also suggest you start researching and studying now as your question is a common one but also one that should be basic knowledge to anyone who even considers breeding a dog. There is so much that can go wrong with breeding dogs that teh average person breeding does not know about until it happens to them. (Not trying to berate you, just help you become proactive to prevent issues as opposed to having to be reactive if something happens as anyone breeding dogs needs to be). Your vet will be the best guide and help through this and the eight weeks your pups need to be with the dam when it comes to medical issues.
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Aug 27th, 2004 00:00
California
candi5
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I do breed Bulldogs, so I do know when a female should be pregnant, but I did want to know what signs to look for in a different breed of dog since they are so different. Thanks though
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