The best age to breed a Corgi is around 2 years old. By 2 years old, a Corgi usually becomes fully mature in terms of both physical and behavioral aspects. Reaching this level of maturity is crucial for the Corgi’s health and helps ensure the birth of healthy puppies.
Keep reading to find out why 2 years of age is the best time to start your Corgi’s breeding process.
- The Best Age to Breed A Corgi (Male and Female)
- Why is This The Best Age to Breed A Corgi?
- Understanding the Heat Cycle of Your Corgi
- How to Breed Corgis?
- How Many Puppies Do Corgis Usually Have?
- How Long Are Corgis Pregnant For?
- When Is It Time to Stop Breeding?
- Avoid Your Corgi Getting Pregnant Multiple Times
The Best Age to Breed A Corgi (Male and Female)
The best age to begin breeding male Corgi is around 2 years old – give or take a deviation of 6 months. When it comes to males, you want to make sure that they are capable of producing the gametes necessary for pregnancy, which tends to occur around 24 months.
For female Corgis, the best age is between 18 and 24 months, or 1 ½ to 2 years old. They tend to mature faster than stud Corgis, so they are capable of accepting a mate sooner than a male stud.
Why is This The Best Age to Breed A Corgi?
It’s important to breed Corgis at an appropriate age to ensure the health of the mother, father, and their puppies.
- Sexual Maturity: Corgis normally reach sexual maturity and have their first heat cycle between 6-12 months old. Corgis can physically breed after their first heat cycle, but it’s better to wait for the second cycle at around one year old. This allows time for the dog to fully mature.
- Growth Plates Closed: Growth plates in the long bones typically close for Corgis around 12-18 months old. This wait ensures that they grow fully and avoid health issues later.
- Maternal Instinct: By 2-3 years old, female Corgis are mentally and emotionally prepared for motherhood and caring for a litter. Female Corgis under a year old may find it hard to be first-time mothers.
- Vaccination Status: Corgis receive their final round of puppy shots around 16-20 weeks old. Breeding Corgis after they are a year old helps ensure puppies receive the necessary antibodies.
Understanding the Heat Cycle of Your Corgi
Signs of the Heat Cycle
Comprehending the signs of your Corgis heat cycle initiating is a very subtle, yet obvious presentation. Once you see these signs, you’ll know that your Corgi is officially ready to begin the breeding process.
Check for these physical traits:
- Elevated tail position
- A swollen vulva
- Light yellow or blood discharge from the vulva
- Behavior resembling mounting
- Excessive licking of their genital area
- Frequent urination.
These signals are a fair indication that your Corgi is ready to mate and have pups; so if you are considering breeding yours, this is the best time.
How Long Is A Corgi In Heat?
You can expect your Corgi to be in heat for about 3 weeks to 1 month. It’s a full-on biological process that takes its course steadily and in order.
The first weeks present with smells, licking, and a lot of sniffing. The second to third week is the bleeding phase where your Corgi’s vulva will begin to swell and present with discharge. In the 4 week is where things seem to level out, and coitus can occur in a healthy manner.
When is The Best Mating Day?
The best time to mate is generally between days 10-14 of the heat cycle, counting from the first signs of bleeding.
- Days 1-7: These initial bleeding days signal the start of heat. However, the female will likely reject male advances during this time. Attempting to mate now is not recommended.
- Days 8-13: From days 8 to 13, the female’s fertility increases, peaking between days 10 to 14, which is ideal for conception. During this time, she will usually be receptive to mating.
- Day 10: Breeders often suggest introducing the dogs for mating on day 10. This timing ensures high fertility and allows time for multiple mating attempts.
- Days 12-13: On days 12 and 13, fertility is at its highest, making these days the best for mating and successful pregnancy.
- Day 14: On day 14, fertility begins to decrease quickly, marked by vaginal discharge. Conception is still possible for a short time, but the chances decrease rapidly.
How to Breed Corgis?
In order for you Corgi to have the best chances for a healthy litter of pups, taking it to a professional veterinarian for a health examination before breeding it will behoove both you and your dog.
It will show whether or not your Corgi is fit to breed, or be bred. Also, it will present you with any underlying health issues, or future health concerns that could arise if breeding where to occur.
In addition, the examination will inform you on how to prepare and manage the physical attributes that are about to commence. Once this is done, your Corgi can be cleared to have a fun and healthy breeding process.
Quiet and Clean Place
Regardless of the species, when it’s time to get it on, it’s best to do it in a place that doesn’t make your skin crawl; and I’m sure dogs feel the same way.
Which is why it’s best to commence a mating session in an area that is clean from clutter and distraction, and quiet enough for the two lovers to concentrate on successfully finishing their mission.
Also, female Corgis are a bit more particular about comfort and ease while mating, so having a location that’s free of debris will assist in her relaxation.
Mate 2 -3 Times to Increase the Success Rate of Breeding
That’s right, you read correctly! During the 3-4 weeks of the heating cycle, you want to have your dogs engage with each other 2 to 3 times to up the chances of having this endeavor be a success.
Sure, we all know that it only takes one time; but with multiple attempts at creating new life with each other during the heat cycle, the pair of dogs will create a greater chance of creating a solid litter of pups for them to raise, or for you to sell.
So for the benefit of all that are involved, try to shoot for mating your pair at least more than once your Corgis heat cycle.
How Many Puppies Do Corgis Usually Have?
Across the different brands of Corgi dogs, there is a small deviation from how many Corgi pups each can have during a pregnancy.
On average, Corgis tend to have between 6 and 8 puppies per litter. Although the average litter size for a female dog can be higher, Corgis are smaller, so are physically prone to have a smaller litter size, which is common among other breeds of dogs their size as well.
The amount of puppies that a Corgi can have is also based on the genetics of the parents themselves. So although there is an average, Corgis are capable of having less or more than the average depending on circumstances.
How Long Are Corgis Pregnant For?
A Corgi gestation period, or pregnancy, is about four times shorter than a human’s; Corgis are only pregnant for about 58 to 63 days, or an average of about 2 months.
This time frame is based on the start of the ovulation of their egg, to the day the new Corgi puppies are given birth.
Like humans, Corgis are capable of going through trimesters as well; it’s just that the trimester for your dog will only last about 19 to 21 days each, totaling up to about 60 days of pregnancy.
You’ll know your Corgi is pregnant by noticing the early signs of morning sickness due to hormonal imbalances occurring.
When Is It Time to Stop Breeding?
Your Corgi’s heat cycle will live on until the moment her body says stop; thus, Corgis can technically breed until their last days; however, that isn’t very recommended due to health issues and physical decline.
So it’s recommended that most dogs, including Corgis, rest their active breeding occupations at around 5 years old, at the very least, with a max of 7 years of Corgis.
Special circumstances have to be taken into consideration while breeding Corgis, like their weight, stature, and size, or any health problems that have or may occur if breeding continues.
Before the risk of any of these situations occurring, it’s best to take the reward of having a couple of healthy litters of Corgis who’s parents are still healthy and lively.
Avoid Your Corgi Getting Pregnant Multiple Times
The female body is strong enough to carry another being inside of it; yet, it still needs time to rest and recuperate, and this goes for Corgi bodies as well.
Back-to-back pregnancies can potentially do more harm than good, and create health complications for both the mother and the puppies.
To avoid this from happening, you’ll want to make sure that they have an adequate amount of space between pregnancies before initiating the next mating phase.
This is to ensure that your Corgi’s body heals properly, and becomes strong enough again to bear the weight of 6 to 8 little puppies living inside of it.
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