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Discussion in 'Dog Breeding' started by mossie89, May 25, 2010.
i have a male bullmastiff i want to stud any advise???
There is a post at the top of this page with stud information on it. I am not 100% sure of the health test you need to have done to be a resposible breeder but the bare minimum will be hip scores. Is there any specific reason you want to stud him? How old is he? Were his parents health tested? Is he a good example.As I am sure you are aware putting a dog to stud comes with a lot of resposibilities and you may be called upon to help home some of these pups.
You need to take any approach from a prospective mate and quiz them about there health and first and foremost that they both have a sound temperment. I am sure someone else will be along shortly with some more advice
You can't really "stud" your dog. Your dog should be proven in the ring and this is how your dog is chosen by bitch owners if want to use him.
I would think about this long and hard. Why do you want to use him at stud? How old is he? Has he had all the breed specific health tests according to the breed clubs? You need to get in touch with them and find out. Don't take your vets word for it, 99% are useless when it comes and breeding and breed specific matters. These health tests are very expensive but a necessary part if you want to be a responsible breeder.
Are you willing to risk the life of your boy. Deaths do happen during mating, more frequently than people realise. There is also the risk of the bitch biting him if he tries to push his luck and she isn't ready. Would you be able to tell the bitch isn't ready or if she has gone over, or if she is simply playing hard to get?
Mating of dogs is the most dangerous part of the whole breeding process, the bigger and heavier the dogs the more dangerous it is. It is also very difficult. Although a lot of males will "hump" a bitch and maiden and novice males rarely achieve penetration without human assistance. Can you do this, and more importantly do it safely? a) without getting bitten and b) without damaging your boys genitals. It is not a simple case of just letting them loose on the garden to do it themselves.
Are you prepared for your boys personality to change for the worse? Nearly all males after being used will change, they become same sex aggressive, stray when on walks with the slightest wiff of an inseason bitch. Their recall often suffers greatly. If there is a bitch locally who is unspayed when she comes in season your boy will likely go off his food, howl and whine all day, try to escape by attacking yout doors and probably scale your fence even 6ft is no barrier for a dog when he can smell a ready bitch.
Can you afford to have puppies from the resulting litter returned to you if for some reason the bitch owner can't, ie they are in hospital, have no room. You are equally responsible for the puppies that are brought into the world, and yet you have no say as to the homes these puppies go to, or how they are bought up.
Can you be objective enough to say no to a bitch. Can you identify a good bullmastiff. I don't mean the biggest or chunkiest or the prettiest. I mean do you know the breed standard and can you apply it to the bitches, bearing in mind your dog has been told he is a good example of the breed by several breed specialist judges in a ring of other bullmastiff males.
Do you have the know your boys pedigree. Can you identify the faults in your boys lines, conformational faults, health problems and temperament problems. Don't be naive into thinking there are no faults in his lines, there are x number of champions in his pedigree. His mum and dad can both be champions but that still doens't mean he is a good type, and if one is a champion it doesn't mean you can say he is well bred. The number of champions in a pedigree doesn't indicate anything unfortunately.
Are you experienced with breeding? The stud owner needs to know more about the practicalities of breeding more so than the bitch owner. Not the stuff you read in the book, but actual hands on experience. The bitch owner will look to you for advice, especially a first time breeder. Can you identify problems with the pregnancy, labour ect. What would you do if the bitch owner rang you at 3am saying the bitch has been in labour for 12 hours, the vet has gone AWOL and the local vets aren't answering. What advice would you give the bitch owner when she is panicking at the thought of losing her bitch and all the puppies?
As you can see there is a lot to being a stud owner, and this I have wrote is only the tip of the iceberg. Think very very carefully.