Labrador breeding: should you breed from your male dog

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  1. editor

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  2. bbrown

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    Re: Labrador breeding: should you breed from your male dog

    Really good article Pippa :D

    A couple of people at training have suggested using Riley as sire for a litter with their bitches not with any degree of certainty but they seem to be exploring the possibility. I think it's highly unlikely that we'll do that for several reasons.

    1. The cost of the health tests (without which I would NEVER offer him as a stud dog) considering he won't stand at stud very often
    2. I'm not convinced Riley has sufficient drive or will ever have the kind of success that one might want from a sire (although both bitches are high drive so maybe that's not what they're looking for)
    3. I have absolutely no experience of mating dogs and very little knowledge about breeding (everyone has to start somewhere but the deep end is probably not it!)
    4. I have no plans to have another lab (yet!) and wouldn't want to be partially responsible for a litter of pups

    On the plus side Riley is a sweet dog and not bad looking (to my eyes ;) ) with a great temperament and has a pretty decent retrieve on him so maybe with some experienced help we might. Not making any plans yet though ;D
     
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    Re: Labrador breeding: should you breed from your male dog

    Gosh, I though your article on breeding from your bitch was daunting, but so many pitfalls with the boys too.
     
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    Re: Labrador breeding: should you breed from your male dog

    [quote author=bbrown link=topic=6230.msg81690#msg81690 date=1401040438]
    On the plus side Riley is a sweet dog and not bad looking (to my eyes ;) )
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    He is not bad looking to any eye - even mine, while I love the working boys, my next lab (there will be one :) ) will still be from show lines. I'd have Riley though! :) :) :) (he is taken, you cry!).
     
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    Re: Labrador breeding: should you breed from your male dog

    Unfortunately , there do seem to be an awful lot of people who dont realise what it means to be a responsible stud dog owner and just go ahead, offering their services .
    I wouldnt ever have used Sam as a stud, mainly for the same reasons as Barbara gave .
    Despite his wonderful nature and good lineage, he really is too big to ever make the grade , we love him to bits though :)
     
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    Re: Labrador breeding: should you breed from your male dog

    A man in our village has just mated his Springer Spaniels without any health checks at all. He just wants to make money and hasn't got a clue what he is doing :mad:
     
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    Re: Labrador breeding: should you breed from your male dog

    Thats bad Helen , many in the terrier world do just the same :( :(
     
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    Re: Labrador breeding: should you breed from your male dog

    The people who put their bitches to a dog without appropriate health checks are just as bad :mad:
     
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    Re: Labrador breeding: should you breed from your male dog

    [quote author=charlie link=topic=6230.msg81765#msg81765 date=1401046934]
    A man in our village has just mated his Springer Spaniels without any health checks at all. He just wants to make money and hasn't got a clue what he is doing :mad:
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    It's his bitch and dog that are his pets and this seems just too odd to me ??? The bitch isn't even 2 years old yet :(
     
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    Re: Labrador breeding: should you breed from your male dog

    Nothing good about any of that Helen :(
     

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