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Q. With your experience how old is too old to breed a dog? Have you ever bred a dog that was half blind?
Dear Ed and Cindy,

I have recently purchased your AI kit and video and found it to be very informational. I can really appreciate one breeder wanting to assist another breeders program. We're a small kennel breeding rottweilers and I have one female that doesn't take a liking to the mounting portion of mating. Hopefully, the AI kit will allow us to produce a litter with her.

We will be conducting our 1st AI within the next few weeks. Fingers crossed!!!

I was just curious though, with your experience how old is too old to breed a dog? Do you find anything wrong with breeding a dog that has a good temperament and conformation that is 8 yrs old?

Our stud is 8 yrs old and he is starting to show some signs off old age such as grey hairs.

One other question, have you ever bred a dog that was half blind? I know of someone thinking about breeding their female that is 7 yrs old but they believe that she is blind in one eye.

Deborah

A. If a stud dog is in good health there is no reason he can’t be bred at 8 years old.

We’ve never bred a dog that has any type of blindness. I guess for us it would depend on if the blindness was from an injury or a health issue. If it was an injury, then I would see no reason not to breed as long as the female can function normally. If the owners only “think” the dog is blind this tells me they haven’t had the dog to a vet to have this checked. There are many types of genetic eye diseases, and I would not breed a dog that I suspected was a carrier of any of those conditions.

Cindy
  
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