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How long after a dog is bred can you do an ultrasound or x-ray to find out how many little puppers are brewing inside?

Also, can you tell the sex of them after a certain time, maybe colour, or do you have to wait till they pop out?
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We do an ultrasound at about 28 days. You can do an x-ray until the very end, like the last week before they are due. No, you can't tell sex or color, only approx. how many.

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I doubt you can tell color or sex from an x-ray but I'm certainly not sure.
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How long after a dog is bred can you do an ultrasound or x-ray to find out how many little puppers are brewing inside?

Also, can you tell the sex of them after a certain time, maybe colour, or do you have to wait till they pop out?
Like others have said you can do an u/s days 25-28. Some vets can get a decent count, but you can't mark the puppies to see which one you might be counting (and may count one more than once). My vet won't try an exact count but will just make see if you are having a singleton vs full liter.

You can do an xray once spines are formed around day 51. You can then count spines. This site shows what the spines look like
Thursday Thirteen – Canine Pregnancy Done the Difficult Way | Frogdog Blog - A French Bulldog Breeder's Blog

You can't tell m/f or color tho until born.

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You can do a DNA test for color inheritance - obviously, for a fawn, they only carry red and fawn genes; and for a blue, they only carry black and blue genes. However, with a black, they have 4 different DNA profiles for color inheritance and reds will have 2 different DNA profiles for color inheritance. So, for my Broox - Ch. Emerald's Babbling Broox, RN - she is black DNA tested #1, so she only carries black genes. It was important for me to test her as her father is a Black #2 - carries black and blue genes; and her mother is a Black #3 - carries black and red genes. I wanted to know if Broox carried dilution and was pleased to learn that she does not. But, as others have said, you cannot tell sex or color by an x-ray.

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Are we expecting?
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Are we expecting?
I'd have to have a dog to be expecting!!
I'm waiting patiently for a dog to be bred so I can hopefully get a puppy. Key word: patiently. haha
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