Summary: Too many people emphasize the selection of the sire, but you have to spend time making sure the bitch is just as qualified to receive your premium stud dog. We suggest 10 key points to consider before having your dog provide stud services.
How to Prepare Your Stud Dog?
Before you decide to turn your dog into a stud, you should know a couple things. If your dog doesn’t have papers, he is not worthy of studding out. If he is not a quality show dog or working dog or hunting dog, he is not worthy of studding out. He may be super cute and he may be healthy, but that doesn’t make a good stud dog. There are many factors to consider.
After breeding your dog, his personality might change. He might become more aggressive around other dogs. He will likely wander in search of a dame in heat. He could start marking things he never marked before, like your couch! If there is a bitch in heat, and he can smell her, you may have some rough days ahead. You will want to keep him inside or with you at all times to prevent unwanted barking, digging, jumping, and litters.
9 Tips for Selecting a Stud Dog
So all your tests are done, you have your papers in order and people are knocking on your door wanting to breed with your stud, what’s next? Here are some tips for the selection process.
- Age: Is the bitch old enough to breed? NEVER agree to breed with a dame that is on her first heat. I suggest waiting until the 3rd heat or the age of 2.
- Tests: Are the all the health tests done? You want to make sure you are breeding your healthy dog to a healthy bitch. You do not want to bring disease to your home. You also want the offspring of your two dogs to be healthy and not prone to genetic disease.
- Papers: Do the bitch’s owners have all their papers in order? Is she registered? Show or work quality? Are you accidentally “inbreeding” your two lines?
- Cycle: When is her next heat cycle? If you are busy, will you be around during the weeks surrounding her cycle? You may have to change plans if she comes into heat early or late. Also, if the owners do NOT KNOW when she is coming into her next heat, they are not knowledgeable enough to breed with and if they say their dog's heat cycles are sporadic, she may not be healthy enough to breed with.
- Owner: Learn how to tell the difference between a responsible breeder and a ‘backyard breeder’. Are they knowledgeable about the breed and their dame?
- Experience: If your stud is inexperienced, you want to breed to a dam that has experience. It is rarely a good idea to breed two ‘first timers’.
- History: Does the dam have a history of hurting her mating partners? Easy to laugh about, but do your research by asking the question.
- Proximity/Location: How will you get them together? What does the property look like where they will stay? Is the property fenced well so your dog will not get lost? If you are going to house the pair, similarly ask the same questions of your property.
- Payment: Is the owner of the bitch capable of paying your stud fee? What is the stud fee?
- Contract: Have a contract, have a contract, have a contract! Do NOT breed your dog without a contract! We live in a sue happy nation. Be prepared for the chance that someone might sue you. Have it all in writing with signatures. Keep your contracts in a safe place and hold on to them for at least 7 years.
Good luck with your adventures in Siring out your stud dog! Make sure you are prepared and have your dog vet checked regularly.
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