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My advice for what it would be worth is let nature take its course.Dont let the vets mess around with hormones etc.
My stock usually have their first seasons around 8 to 9 months.However my Rua's Celtic Romance born 1977 (SHCH Wendover Rackateer x Ch Astley's Portia of Rua) did not have her first season untill she was 3years old. At that time i was aware that there were several bitches sharing similiar wendover lines in the same situation (Eilleen Kennet (Gabrons) had one the same by Rackateer) . Sacha was mated on her first season to SHCH Scarletti Cockney Rebel in 1980 because we didnt know when her next season would be, and those puppies were the first Porschets. Every thing was fine! Dont worry!
We had Lizzie who was approaching her fifth birthday and she had never had a season.I took her to the vet's and he told me she will never have one now.He was wrong! Two days later she had her first season.
Her first litter was 9 months later when she produced a fantastic number of puppies...one! He was gorgeous and we called him Solo,he became the fattest puppy you ever did see,she had milk for lots of puppies and he just gorged! We couldn't keep him as his father was our dog and he was tolerant until the puppy was 6 weeks old and he was not having it at any cost.He went to a very good home and became Arran.We knew him all his life and he always knew us.Lizzie carried on having seasons and had one more litter of nine puppies.They were all bitches and all had seasons at the time you'd expect.So don't worry ,nature will take its course.
I had a bitch induced years ago on the advice of my vet as she was over 25 months without a first season. She was mated on her 2nd season and produced 7 healthy pups. She had normal seasons every 9 months after that. Her grandaughter had her 1st season at 3 1/2 years and had normal seasons and three decent size litters while her litter sister was on her 3rd season. I have never had a bitch come into season before her 1sr birthday. There is no regular pattern to Irish Setter bitches and seasons and no pattern between siblings either.........blinkin typical!!!!!
Paula....keep the faith. Your girl will have a season and have normal litters.
My girls typically do not come into season at a young age. They usually start any time between 18 -26 months and then come in every 12 months. Makes it easy to plan breeding and it's actually better for their uterine health long term if they don't have lots of seasons.
You can always have her ultrasounded or have her looked at ...usually keyhole surgery- to ensure that all is normal. Usually they are just immature.
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