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Q. I was told that 3 years is too old to breed and if my dog does not start to mate around 2 years of age he would not be interested in mating. Is that true?
Hi Cindy,

I have purchased a pure working GSD male who is now 15 months old. I am in the process of setting up my own kennels. I have been planning to get a bitch and have my own litter and use my male as stud dog. Of course if all his tests, scans would be perfect. He has been bred very well, has very good temperament, strong drive and has an excellent blood line. I wanted to get the bitch when my male is at least 3 years old to enable me to focus on his training progress, we were told that we are at Sch 1 level and are booked for the test end of Q1. However, my male's breeder told me that 3 years is too old and if he does not start to mate around 2 years of age he would not be interested in mating. Is that true? It does not sound right to me when he would be fully develop and fill up by the age of 3 years. Can you please advise me from your many years of experience?

I would like to also take the opportunity to thank you for a wonderful series of training DVDs with Michael Ellis, I learn so much from them and I cannot wait to get the last one (eventhough we already know how to do send aways). Please keep up the good work and to all at Leerburg Happy New Year and loads of success in 2011.

Regards,
Tamara

A. I disagree with whoever told you the dog needs to be bred by 2, that’s not correct. Waiting until the dog is 3 is not a problem. If the dog is healthy and has the proper “drives” waiting until 3 should not matter. I have a friend who just bred her male dog for the first time at age 6 and he had no problem figuring out what he was supposed to do. Sometimes older males have declining sperm counts but 3 years old is not what I would consider “older.”

I’m glad you are enjoying the Michael Ellis series, thanks for your business! We appreciate it.

Cindy Rhodes
  
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