Most breeders spend a long time researching and deciding on the most suitable dog for their bitch. Consideration should be given to the future of the puppies and whether they will be mainly bred for pets, workers or show animals and that suitable homes are likely to be available.
The temperament and pedigree and conformation of the dog are important as well as what puppies the dog has sired previously and how they have turned out. The possible and preferred colour of the puppies you would like to breed may also be a consideration.
Physiology: Young males should be well developed before introducing to females. For example, the breeding age of dogs is from 9 months, but owners often prefer to wait until the dog is more mature.
Health screening: As a responsible breeder, you will need to ensure that any stud dog that you decide to use not only has a compatible pedigree, but has also been examined for any inherited disease which the breed is subject to and that he has had any relevant health tests.
Mating: Males may need to learn mating behaviour – for example, immature dogs tend to be over-eager and a bitch may lose patience with a young male. So it is best to introduce a young dog to an experienced or even-tempered bitch. As dogs mature they will become more sensitive to the signals from the bitch and are more likely to attempt to mate when she is ready.
Behaviour: The stud dog should be of good temperament and be friendly towards people and other dogs. The behaviour and personality of stud males may need managing – for example, stud dogs may scent mark indoors and may seek out on heat bitches.
You could contact either your dog’s breeder or a breed club to ensure that you find a suitable mate for your bitch.
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