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How Long Are Golden Retrievers Pregnant? What You Need to Know

Patricia Dickson

By Patricia Dickson

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It’s important to understand that dogs go into heat as early as 6 months of age and will go through another heat cycle every 6 months or so.

It’s also essential to note that the only time your Golden Retriever can get pregnant is when she’s in heat. If you don’t want puppies, it’s best to get your furry friend spayed to eliminate the possibility of unwanted pregnancy. At the very least, keep her away from males while she’s in heat.

If you’ve decided it’s time to breed your Golden Retriever, or she became pregnant, you’re probably wondering how long Golden Retrievers are pregnant. We’ll answer that question and more in the article below.

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How Long Are Golden Retrievers Pregnant?

A Golden Retriever’s gestation period, like that of all dogs, is approximately 63 days (plus or minus a few days). Of course, you’ll need to know when exactly your dog was mated (or have a vet scan the abdomen to check for fetuses!), to have an approximate idea of how far along she is in her pregnancy.

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What Are the Signs of Pregnancy in a Golden Retriever?

Below are a few signs of pregnancy in a Golden Retriever (or any dog, for that matter).

Appetite Change

In the first few weeks, your dog may actually have less of an appetite and vomit after eating, similar to morning sickness in women. But generally after a month or so, dogs will typically show an increase in appetite that will persist throughout the pregnancy and nursing.

Weight Gain

A Golden Retriever will start gaining weight about halfway through the pregnancy, and her abdomen may appear enlarged or bloated. If you notice this, it’s time to take her to the vet for a checkup and confirmation that a litter of puppies can be expected!

Vaginal Discharge

Not all, but many dogs have a thin, watery mucus discharge when pregnant. This is usually noticeable about a month after they become pregnant and lasts around three weeks.

Enlarged Nipples

Pregnant Golden Retrievers will also exhibit enlarged nipples. They will become swollen and rounded.

Behavioral Changes

Your pregnant dog may show a decrease in energy or become tired after a walk or after play much more quickly than usual. Additionally, she may wish to keep to herself more often than not or conversely become more affectionate and clingy, rubbing against your legs constantly.

Frequent Urination

As your Golden Retriever gets further along in her pregnancy, she will urinate more and more often. So, don’t be surprised if you have to take her out to use the bathroom twice as much as normal.

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Tips for Caring for a Pregnant Golden Retriever

During her pregnancy, your dog will need extra care and attention from you. Your expectant mama will now be eating to support her offspring, and it’s best to increase the amount of food you give her, but do it gradually by a little every day.

She should also not be as active when exercising as she once was. A good 20-minute walk a day split up into two sessions should be sufficient exercise for your pregnant female. Avoid situations where your pet gets excited and wants to run, jump, or become rambunctious to protect her and her pups.

As always, make sure there’s always plenty of fresh water available at all times of the day. Take your dog to the vet as soon as you suspect she might be pregnant, then follow their instructions and suggestions for the health of your Golden Retriever throughout her pregnancy.

You can also read books and talk to family members and other pet parents about their experiences with a pregnant Golden Retriever. However, this is no substitute for advice from your vet. Your Golden Retriever will need you more than ever, so ensure you’re there for her from the beginning of her pregnancy to the end.

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A Golden Retriever is pregnant for around 63 days, as previously stated, if you see any of the signs of pregnancy, it’s best to make an appointment with your vet for confirmation and suggestions on taking care of your dog throughout her pregnancy and beyond.

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