We got a new stud dog earlier this year with a WONDERFUL pedigree and temperment, but he is completely clueless as a breeder. Do you have any advice?
We have been breeding Cockers for 9 years now. We have had a lot of litters over the years with no real problems. We got a new stud dog earlier this year with a WONDERFUL pedigree and temperament. He is a real beauty inside and out, but he is completely clueless as a breeder. He grabs the back leg and humps that. We have tried to guide him in but haven't had that work. We ordered one of your AI kits and tried to collect him but he only ever extended about an inch and only produced a clear, pre-ejaculate, then he retracted back in. Do you have any advice? We are a small kennel and only have him as a stud. We really don't want to lose him as a breeding candidate, but we also want to have puppies. Thank you for any advice you can give.
Bryan and Donnelle
You may want to consult with a reproduction specialist, and have him given a thorough repro exam to make sure there aren’t any hidden issues or injuries that would prevent him from breeding properly. I’d suggest a repro vet over a regular general vet, because the vast majority of regular vets don’t know anything about breeding or the challenges involved. If it’s not an actual repro issue, you may want to have him check for orthopedic problems. If he’s in even a bit a discomfort it can interfere with breeding (ie joint or spine issues).
Depending on his age and experience, he just may not be sure what he’s supposed to do or he may have had a negative experience before you got him. Many dogs aren’t real sure about being collected at first and will not produce a collection if they are inhibited at all.
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