While the basic philosophy of ARK Veterinary Services, Inc. firmly believes in spay and neuter, we cannot deny that there are many people who want to breed their pets. While we can give our clients all the information as to why it is best to have this important surgery such as, to help prevent the pet overpopulation, reproductive cancers, and unwanted behaviors, it of course is still up to the owners of these pets. So we have decided that if a client wants to breed their pet than they should have the correct and proper information available to them to assist them in the best breeding program they can attain.
"Papers" are ONLY a piece of paper with some numbers; much like our social security number.
1. Your bitch has a good pedigree with many champions who are also sound of mind, body, health and longevity. She has tested clear of all indigenous inherited problems and is herself sound of mind, body and health. She has correct conformation with no major or disqualifying faults and is outstanding in at least a couple of conformation traits.
2. You wish to improve the breed and select a stud that is her equal or better in all of the above listed traits and who does not share any common faults with your bitch.
3. You have a better than good chance to place each pup in the home that is right for it.
4. You have the funds to properly care for and raise the litter and to handle any unforeseen emergencies that may arise.
5.You have the facilities and finances to properly house and care for a bitch and a large litter even if the puppies are still residents at 6 months of age.
6. You have the knowledge and integrity to properly evaluate your litter and will stand behind
7. You are not only willing, but insist in writing in the contract, that if, for any reason the pup cannot be kept (at whatever age) you will take it back or assist in finding the right home.
WHEN SHOULD A MALE BE BRED?
First, as for a pet bitch, a pet male should not be bred and for all the same reasons. If he is not to be bred, he should be altered. He should be altered to reduce the chance for testicular or prostrate cancer. He should be altered to prevent him from being upset and stressed if a neighborhood bitch is in season. A male will smell this from far away! He should be altered so that he will never be responsible for a litter when someone is careless, leaves the door open and he's off to mate with that in season bitch! HE won't care that he's been altered,
1. When he is superior in conformation, temperament and health to most of the males in his breed. Whether this fact is established by showing him to his championship or by having him evaluated by others knowledgeable in the breed is of no consequence.
2. When he has passed all the health screenings for the bitch mentioned above.
3. When you've decided if you can live with a male who, once he's been used at stud, may suddenly forget his housebreaking lessons and start marking the sofa with urine.
4. When you are knowledgeable enough about pedigrees, conformation, health and temperament to know if the bitch being presented to him is a good match, or have a knowledgeable mentor who does.
5. When you have the fortitude and tact to turn down a bitch if you don't feel it would be a good breeding or if you don't feel she's of breeding quality.
6.When you could sincerely suggest a stud whom you feel would be a better match for a bitch who is brought to your dog.
If you would like more information on a specific breed or have any questions in general please call ARK!