I've had female basenjis before but this is the first time I have also have an intact male in the house so I have some questions.
First what are the initial signs of inpending heat. I have noticed extra interest in the rear end there from both male and female but no desperation or attempts to mate or anything just some sniffing around. I also noticed some bleeding from my little girl yesterday. Since I noticed the extra interest a couple of weeks ago the dogs have been kept separate.
Is there usually snarkiness between the two sexes when the heat cycle begins?
My girl is only 5 and a half months old. How long should this last?
How do you know when it's over and safe to let the dogs hang out together again and how the heck do you know when it all really started?
How do most of you keep your dogs separated? I currently have the girl in the kitchen with a four foot high ex-pen stretched across the entry way and when we are gone she is in the crate.
Should I keep one of them upstairs?
Both of the dogs are show dogs and at least the girl will be bred later on down the road depending on what her breeder/co-owner want to do so spay/neuter is not an option right now.
Finally - not that I plan on doing this, but what are the rules about showing a female that is in heat?
I know this encompasses a lot of questions an I really appreciate answers to any of the above question.