Home > Breeding a Show Dog > The Stud Dog

The Stud Dog

By: Elaine Everest - Updated: 27 Nov 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
Stud Dog Bitch Kennel Club Mating

The stud dog is a very important part of a breeding programme. For most show enthusiasts with limited space it is wise to keep bitches and find a stud dog whenever a litter is planned.

What is a Stud Dog?

OK, a stud dog could be any intact dog of the same breed as the bitch. In reality it is a little more technical. A stud dog would have attained his stud-book number with the Kennel Club; this means he has won at a certain level and proved that he is a good example of his breed.

Do Your Homework

The stud dog’s owner will provide a copy of the dog’s pedigree – that is if he is agreeable to the mating. If you have never planned a mating before speak to other exhibitors that have produced litters and ask their advice, line breeding can be complicated and you really don’t want to contemplate too close a breeding unless you know what you are doing. List your bitch’s weaker points and try to improve upon these with the chosen stud dog.

Has He Been Used Before?

It is not necessarily a problem if the dog is a novice however, with your bitch being a maiden it will need two owners who know what they are doing otherwise it could take hours of standing around and coaxing. Both the dog and the bitch could be put off ever mating again.

An experienced handler with an experienced stud will be a great asset for your first attempt at mating. But NEVER force a bitch to mate – if she isn’t ready try another day.

His Progeny (Offspring)

If you have admired a dog from the ringside and have studied his pedigree the next step would be to view some of his progeny (his offspring). Hopefully there will be some youngsters in the show ring and you will be able to watch them from the ringside and study their movement and over all conformation. Speak to their owners – even better the breeder and ask their advice.

Health Screening

Ensure that the stud dog you pick has all the health screening and certificates relevant to his breed. Also ensure that the stud dog does have all of his Kennel Club registration papers. If he is being show he should have – you cannot show a dog that is not registered with the Kennel Club.

Be Prepared to Travel

Never pick a dog because he plays with your bitch in the park and lives in the next street! You need to find the best stud dog possible even if this means driving the length of the country. After all you are breeding to improve the breed not just to make a quick few pounds!

Cost of Stud

This would never be less than the price of one puppy, usually more depending on the stud dog.

The Contract

There should be some form of contract stating what you are entitled to for your money. You are usually expected to pay for the service of the stud dog once he has performed. You are not paying for the supply of puppies – if none arrive or the bitch loses them you are still liable for the fee in full. However some stud dog owners will offer another mating at the bitches next season.

Owning a Stud Dog

It may be that you own a dog and would like a puppy ‘just like him.’ Unfortunately dog owners do not go to the bitch owners and ask for a mating. Instead keep your dog in good health, enter him in as many shows as possible and if he gains admirers he may one day be asked to provide a very important service.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion, ask for advice or share your story...

If you'd like to ask a question one of our experts (workload permitting) or a helpful reader hopefully can help you... We also love comments and interesting stories

Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Topics
Latest Comments
  • Chezz
    Re: Dog Handling Courses
    I want to know how to become an ringcraft trainer. How does one train to become a trainer?
    10 December 2019
  • Angela
    Re: Dog Handling Courses
    I’m looking for ring craft classes Shropshire, Worcestershire or West Midlands. Thanks
    16 November 2019
  • Mike
    Re: Find a Ringcraft Club
    Can you tell me the times of ringcraft training in bolton and what age as the puppy got to be
    14 November 2019
  • Charlie
    Re: Find a Ringcraft Club
    I'm looking for a ringcraft class near Ashbourne, Derbyshire - can anybody help?
    6 November 2019
  • Val
    Re: When to Start Training to Show?
    Live in Richmond, Surrey and looking for Ringcraft near me for my 3 month old whippet. Wanting this for fun only for both of us.
    24 October 2019
  • Jay
    Re: Find a Ringcraft Club
    I'm looking for ring craft classes near me for my miniature daschund I live in guyhirn pe134er it's I'm between Peterborough and kings Lynn
    23 October 2019
  • sandra jenkins
    Re: Dog Handling Courses
    I need a ringcraft class and a show groomer to help me with my miniature schnauzer 8 months tadcaster north yorkshire
    6 June 2019
  • Emma
    Re: General Open Dog Shows
    Hello, we like to join to dog show first time with our puppy 8 month old briard Emma and realy dont know wahre to start and whare we can…
    24 April 2019
  • Sammy
    Re: Find a Ringcraft Club
    Looking for Ringcraft classes in Long Island NY
    5 April 2019
  • Bask
    Re: Find a Ringcraft Club
    Is there any ringcraft classes in the west Yorkshire area
    17 March 2019