What Is the Name of a Female Dog?

Even as a puppy, a female dog is referred to as a bitch. This phrase separates male dogs from female dogs; the latter are referred to as dogs, studs, or sires. A female dog is referred to as a dam when she is carrying a litter of puppies.

A bitch is known to as a dam throughout the gestation stage, which in dams lasts for roughly 63 days. The name “bitch” is used once more after the dam whelps, or gives birth to a litter of puppies.

After they have fathered a litter of puppies, male dogs are referred to as studs or sires.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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