When Does Belgian Malinois Go Into Heat?

Do you have a Belgian Malinois female? If so, you might be wondering when she goes into heat and how to tell that she is in heat.Belgian Malinois usually go into their first estrus ( heat cycle) at 6 months old. However, if your Belgian Malinois female has been spayed at a very young age, then it can happen earlier or later than the average age of 6 months. It is important to know when your Belgian Malinois female is in heat since she can become very uncomfortable and possibly even seriously injured if you don’t know when she is in heat.


Learn How to Spot Your Belgian Malinois’s First Heat Cycle

Belgian Malinois females will begin to show signs of heat as early as 6 months old. If you have a Belgian Malinois female who is under 6 months old and you don’t know when she is in heat, wait until she starts to act like a puppy during the daytime. When her belly begins to show, she will begin to fawn and play with people. She will also spend more time outside at night. This can give you some warning that your Belgian Malinois female is starting her first heat cycle in the next few weeks.

What Are The Symptoms? How Does The Belgian Malinois In Heat Look Like?

Belgian Malinois in heat will go into a state of frenzy and this usually happens on the days following her heat cycle. The Belgian Malinois in heat will most likely become extremely irritable, unpredictable and possibly even aggressive, sometimes even towards you.  The Belgian Malinois can also become very head strong and dog aggressive when in heat.

Stage 1: Proestrus

The first stage is called Proestrus, a stage in which the female dog has increased appetite, increased activity, increased vaginal swelling and the dog will be very vocal.

Stage 2: Estrus

The second stage is called Estrus, a stage in which her vaginal opening swells, her nipples become erect and her collar becomes uncomfortable or even painful.

Stage 3: Diestrus

The third stage is called Diestrus, a stage in which the vaginal opening will be as swollen and engorged as in Estrus but after 2 to 3 days, the dog will go into heat again but this time, the dog’s vagina will begin to lose fluid.

Stage 4: Anestrus

The fourth stage is called Anestrus, a stage in which your dog will no longer go into heat, she has stopped having vaginal bleeding and the swelling of her nipples has finished. However, she will still be able to get pregnant at any time in life if you use protection.

Total Length of the Belgian Malinois Heat Cycle

Looking at the Belgian Malinois heat cycle listed above,we see that it lasts for four stages:

  • Stage 1: Proestrus 1 to 27 days (average of nine days)
  • Stage 2: Estrus 24 days (average of two days)
  • Stage 3: Diestrus 2 months
  • Stage 4:Anestrus 4 month

At What Age Does Belgian Malinois Go Into Heat?

The age of the Belgian Malinois goes into heat is around 9 to 12 months old.The age of the dog in question will always determine the time that it goes into heat. However, as a general rule of thumb, the older a female dog is, the longer it will take for her to go into heat. But the good news is that this breed can go into heat at any age.

Can Belgian Malinois Get Pregnant While Not In Heat?

Belgian Malinois can’t get pregnant if she’s not in heat because once a female Belgian Malinois starts going into heat all the hormones will come together and the hormones will then start working in her body to induce her to go into heat.

Is There Any Special Care During Heat?

Like all female dogs, Belgian Malinois will need a lot of special care during the heat. The best thing to do is have her make use of your blanket or home made doghouse to hide in each time that she goes into heat. You should also have a large pan of water available for her at all times so that she can take a dip in it and cool off. 

You’ll need to protect yourself while you’re around your dog because if you touch her during this period, the hormones will cause intense feelings of desire and excitement between you two and the hormones will start working in her body again almost immediately. It’s important that you don’t even hold her for more than a few seconds at a time during this process.

Should I Spay My Belgian Malinois?

Belgian Malinois are normally spayed or neutered at the beginning of their life. If you want to continue using your dog as a guard dog then you’ll need to get them fixed at this point. However, if you want to breed Belgian Malinois then it might be best to wait until they have reached the end of their breeding window. This can be determined by your veterinarian so that is up to them. By waiting until they have reached the end of their breeding window, you won’t be affected by their hormones and they will be less likely to cause any unwanted pregnancies or puppies.

Final Thought

Belgian Malinois are beautiful, powerful and perfect dogs for guarding and protecting properties. They can be just as good at guarding your home as they are at protecting your property. If you want to keep your Belgian Malinois as a guard dog then you need to understand how they work and the things that they need in order to function properly.

Belgian Malinois dogs go into heat twice a year, but it can happen at any time between 6 and 12 months of age. I hope you like and enjoyed my article. If you have any question comments or suggestions kindly comment below, i’ll be more than happy to answer your questions and give you feedback.

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