Pregnancy

To find out whether you're about to be a proud grandparent, there are a few signs you can look our for. During the first few weeks, she will show a slight weight gain, be more lethargic and may have morning sickness or be off her food. In weeks four to six her belly will enlarge, nipples will darken and she'll begin to produce milk. At this stage, a vet can detect pregnancy with abdominal palpation, ultrasound or abdominal x-ray.

From time of ovulation (which isn’t always the same day as breeding), pregnancy ranges from 56-66 days, with an average of 63 days. Schedule your first veterinary check-up two to three weeks after breeding and your vet will advise you about any further necessary check-ups. He or she will also talk to you about delivery procedures, any potential problems that may arise, where you can get emergency service after hours, and how to care for the newborn puppies.