Updated: May 20
Breeding...that’s just knocking together a couple of dogs and fingers crossed, right?
No. It’s a bit more involved than that!
Once you have chosen the right lines, got the right temperament and health tested, then the additional work starts. I absolutely could not breed to the best of my ability without the support of North West Breeding Services. Together we progesterone test the girl once in season to locate that key fertile period.
We analyse the semen to make sure the future partner is in full working order. We then use side by side AI which is far far far easier and less stressful on the mating bitch. Four weeks later we scan to check the mating has been successful and estimate the number of pups.
In between that, there are countless calls and emails passing years of knowledge and learning back and forward. Thank you Jo and Steve x