So You Want To Use Your Dog At Stud
Only the very best males should
ever be used at stud. The only
reason anyone should breed his
animal is to try to improve the
breed. A bitch owner can go to any
of the top stud dogs in the country.
So, what does your dog have to
Has your male been evaluated in
the show ring by qualified
judges against top competition?
Has he been OFA certified clear
of hip and elbow dysplasia?
Have his eyes been checked by a
veterinary opthalmologist, who
certified him clear of PRA and
other hereditary eye defects?
Has he been tested clear of
Is he of the proper temperament?
If you can answer yes to all of the
above questions and you are one of
the lucky few to own an outstanding
dog, are you ready and qualified to
handle a stud dog?
Breeding doesn't always happen
1-2-3. Do you have the necessary
facilities to board a bitch in
season to keep her safely in and the
neighbor dogs out? Are you prepared
to board a problem bitch or a bitch
that the owner just doesn't want
around while she is in season
because it is too much of a hassle?
Are you prepared to spend sleepless
nights with your boarding bitch in
season barking and your male pacing
Are you prepared to handle the
problem bitch that doesn't want to
be bred and tries to tear your dog
Are you qualified to evaluate
pedigrees and judge if your dog's
five-generation pedigree will
complement the bitch's? After all,
it's your dog's name and reputation
you're passing on to that litter.
Are you qualified to advise the
bitch owner on whelping and puppy
care? If your dog is bred to a bitch
belonging to a novice owner, that
owner is going to expect you to have
all the answers. Do you have a ready
market for offspring of your stud
dog to help the bitch owner place
the litter? (This is usually
achieved by showing your dog and
having him become well known. A lot
of time and money must be put into
your dog if you want to get anything
Have you seen many bitches in season
at all, and can you tell when it is
best to breed the bitch?
Have you ever assisted in a
breeding, or even seen one so you
will know what you have to do? Do
you realize that its more than
putting the two dogs in an area
together? Do you realize that
leaving a dog and a bitch in season
alone together can be disastrous and
may even physically harm both?
Are you prepared for the change in
your male's temperament? Once he's
been used for stud, that will become
the only thing on his mind. Or are
you prepared for the wear and tear
on your stud dog ... his not eating,
pacing and constant whining will not
be easy to cope with.
As you can see, its not all that
easy. Please think about it.
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