Step Six – Finalize a Stud Contract
You have performed all necessary health checks, genetic screenings, and selected the perfect mate for your bitch. Now it’s time to work out the details of the mating.
It is an excellent idea to work out a contract with the owner of the stud dog well before breeding takes place. The agreement concerning stud fees should be in writing and clearly state all obligations and circumstances. The contract should be signed by all parties to the transaction, and each signer should receive a copy. You may wish to consult a lawyer to help you draft a suitable contract.
The stud fee is set by the stud dog’s owner. The method of payment may vary. The stud owner may request a cash fee, “pick of the litter,” one or more puppies from the resulting litter, or other similar method of compensation. The collection of the stud fee is the stud owner’s responsibility. The contract may state that the owner of the sire is not obligated to sign an AKC litter registration application until the stud fee has been paid. Keep in mind that the AKC cannot settle disputes between individuals in regards to contracts and breeding arrangements.
Provide Proper Nutrition for Your Pregnant Bitch
A bitch in good condition should continue into pregnancy with the same caloric intake that she had during adult maintenance. Her food intake should be increased only as her body weight increases, beginning about the last five weeks before whelping. Daily food intake should be increased gradually, so that at the time of whelping she may be eating 35 to 50 percent more than usual. As her weight and food intake increase, begin offering small, frequent meals to spare her the discomfort that larger meals can cause, especially in a small dog.
If you have been feeding your bitch a well-balanced, high-quality diet, you should not need to add anything to her food during her pregnancy. However, some breeders advocate supplementation with a protein source such as evaporated milk, eggs, meat, or liver. These supplements should never represent more than 10 percent of the bitch’s daily food intake.
How Long Does it Take for a Male Dog to Ejaculate?
Ejaculation occurs throughout the duration of the copulatory tie. The main payload is ejaculated in the first two minutes. More specifically, the second fraction should be ejaculated within 80 seconds of the tie.
The first of three fractions is a clear or slightly cloudy fluid with a volume of 0.5 to 2 ml. This fraction clears the urethra for easier passage of semen. The second fraction is rich in sperm and usually ejaculated in the first 80 seconds of copulation. In normal dogs, this fraction is distinctly milky in appearance. The third fraction is clear and adds volume to the ejaculate. Fluid continues to be ejaculated until the dogs separate.
Day In The Life Of A Dog Breeder – Morning Routine
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You’ve found a breeder who appears to be reputable. Now it’s time to begin the interviewing process – for both of you. If you want to be a responsible owner who purchases from a responsible breeder, then expect this process to be slow and comprehensive. If you don’t have the time or patience for a drawn-out process, then you shouldn’t own a dog.
Your first meeting with the breeder should be conducted away from the cute little puppies that will undoubtedly pull at your heart-strings. You are seeking a companion that will be a part of your family for ten, twelve, or fourteen years – maybe longer. It is better to consider all factors before allowing that furry little face to affect your judgment.
Below is a detailed list of questions you should ask the breeder prior to committing to a purchase. Remember that a reputable breeder will gladly answer all of your questions. If he balks at any point, be suspicious of his intentions. A responsible breeder wants to fit you with the best match for your family and will appreciate your concern and inquiries.
It is also good to find out if the breeder supplies any “service after the sale,” so to speak. Can you call with questions or concerns? Will he call to check on the puppy? Responsible breeders are usually there long after the puppies have grown. They offer support, advice, and sometimes even friendship.
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