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Before you breed from your dog

When to breed from your dog
Added on 24/07/2008 at 21:21:21

Minimum Age
The Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999 states a bitch must be 1 year old at the time of mating which in my opinion and that of many, a year old bitch is still not fully grown and breeding at this age is best not wilfully practised. We have never bred from a bitch that is under two years old which gives the bitch plenty of time to grow and mature.

Breeding with male dogs is not restricted by age due to there being no physical stain and sires can produce litters from quite a young age but again waiting until the dog is at least a year old is a good idea. A young inexperienced dog may have more tendency to play than mate which can be frustrating for a breeder and itís unfair to expect anything else.

Maximum Age
It is not against the law to intentionally breed from a bitch over 8 years old but the Kennel Club will not register a litter that is produced by a bitch over 8 years old at the time of whelping unless the bitch has;
a) Had at least one previous registered litter.
b) Written consent has been applied for and given by the Kennel Club
c) Veterinary approval of the bitch to be bred from has been given.

Furthermore for ongoing breeding the kennel club will only register 6 litters from one bitch and The Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999 states a bitch must only have 1 litter in a 12 month period.

L M from Berkshire asked...

I have a male mini dachshund ( smooth haired) . He is only 5 months old, but i would like him to become a stud.
what do i need to do? What procedure do i need to follow?
when can he start? does he need to be registered as a stud ?
etc... no idea where to start , could you advice me !?

Thinking of using your dog for stud
Added on 19/11/2008 at 03:10:38

We often hear from owners who have used our stud dogs or purchased puppies from us that the help and advice we provided pre-mating, during gestation, homing the pups or during the early stages of rearing a pup was fundamental in making their breeding/owning experience smooth and worry free.
For an inexperienced breeder, having someone at the end of the phone to aid and advise is not only important for their peace of mind but for the welfare of the dog in question and the continued health of any particular breed.

The questions you ask are relevant but not as essential as say; why do you want to breed from your dog? and do you have the experience and knowledge to aid an owner with the bitch sired throughout gestation and whelping should they need it? Do you know what happens during normal mating and what can go wrong?

Finding out the information you ask for is relatively simple by spending some time reading corresponding articles on sites such as the kennel club. Rather than giving the answers here and with the assumption you have not bred before i would encourage you to read such articles as they will present other considerations and a broader view on the subject.

You are already on the right track by asking questions and not just going ahead with it so feed yourself with as much knowledge as you can.

m cockwell from Oxfordshire asked...

how old dose my dog have to be befor i put her up for stud and how old dose she have to be befor i breed her.

breeding age
Added on 19/11/2008 at 03:36:37

Please see the post at the top of this page for the answer to the above question

t t from Berkshire asked...

Hello, Can u please tell me what is the min & max age a male dog can stud ?
Thank you.

Considerations before studding your dog
Added on 19/11/2008 at 04:02:02

Please see "Thinking of using your dog for stud" above to answer your question.