The produce-or-perish nature of dog breeding means you can’t afford to take any chances with your stud dog. Whether you're just starting out or have years of experience, the decision to use a dog for stud requires careful consideration and due diligence.
There are many things to consider when looking for a stud dog. First and foremost, you must look at the stud dog's pedigree. A dog's pedigree will tell you what bloodlines the stud is from and what types of dogs are in his background. You want to look for a dog that comes from bloodlines that are free of problems and diseases.
It is important that you research the stud before making any decisions about him. This includes checking with local veterinarians, getting references from people who have used him, and checking his record against other dogs in your area. Make sure that he has had no problems with other dogs in the past. If he has been bred before, make sure that there were no health problems associated with it.
The first step in selecting a stud is determining exactly what type of dog you want to use. This will depend on whether you want to strengthen certain traits in your own dog or improve her faults. If you are satisfied with your bitch's conformation and temperament, but would like to improve her working ability, speed or endurance, for example, seek a stud with those qualities. If she has everything going for her except her colour or size, look for a dog that will complement her perfectly in these areas.
Next, you should make sure the stud is healthy. Health records should be provided upon request in order to confirm this. If possible, have the stud examined by your own veterinarian to ensure he is healthy for breeding purposes.
You should also make sure the stud has a good temperament. The temperament and personality of a stud dog should complement those of your bitch so that you get the best possible combination of traits in their offspring. The same goes for physical characteristics — you don't want to pair an ill-tempered, hyperactive dog with one who tends toward passivity or is slow to warm up to new people or situations.
If you are looking for a specific breed of stud dog, then make sure that you know their characteristics. If they have specific characteristics such as size, weight, color and so on then it will be easier for you to choose the right one. Some dogs may not be suitable for breeding because they are not strong enough to produce good quality puppies.
Finally, try to find a stud within driving distance of your home if possible. This will save on gas and travel time.
Published by Sean