Gestation Period: How Long Are Dogs Pregnant?
The gestation period of a French Bulldog and most other dogs typically lasts for around 63 days, or just over 2 months. During this time, the mother dog will undergo a number of physical and behavioral changes as her body prepares for the birth of her puppies. By day 58, the puppies’ growth and development are nearly finished, indicating that they will gradually shift into the birthing position within the birth canal during the final days of the female’s pregnancy.
Around 3-4 weeks into the gestation period, a veterinarian can perform an ultrasound to confirm the pregnancy and determine the number of puppies that are expected. French Bulldogs typically have litters of 3-4 puppies, although larger or smaller litters are possible.
Signs of Whelping
Symptoms during the last few days of pregnancy in dogs:
- Waist will trim as puppies move into the birth canal
- Appetite loss around day 61 or 62
- Drop in body temperature 12-to-24 hours before labor
- Restless behavior
- Pacing, panting, shivering, or digging
In conclusion, understanding the gestation period of French Bulldogs is an important part of responsible breeding and ownership. By providing your dog with proper care and attention during this time, you can help ensure that she and her puppies remain healthy and happy throughout the pregnancy and beyond.