Frequently Asked Questions & Information
HOW ARE COLLECTIONS DONE?
Collections are done on an appointment basis only. Most stud dogs are most receptive when a "teaser" bitch is used. If it's at all possible to bring a "teaser" bitch along with to your appointment that would be best. It is also possible that we would have a bitch in season that could work as a teaser. Just let us know.
HOW IS SEMEN FROZEN?
After the semen is collected, it is then examined under a microscope to see how healthy the sperm is. Motility and forward swimming is analyzed and graded. A sperm count and a morphology report is performed and it is at that time we determine whether we should go ahead with the freezing. The semen is frozen in pellet form.
A pellet will be thawed to determine the motility after freeze and then it is determined how many breedings we will seperate it into. A breeding unit consists of 100 million live normal cells.
HOW SAFE IS MY FROZEN SEMEN?
The semen is stored in Liquid Nitrogen Tanks. All breedings are stored in seperate vials on seperate canes. We don't depend on electricity to power our tanks and have the tanks filled routinely every couple of weeks to insure safe high levels of liquid.
CAN MY DOG'S SEMEN BE SHIPPED OUT OF STATE OR INTERNATIONALLY?
Yes. We can prepare the semen for shipment to any country that will accept shipments as well as anywhere in the United States. In most cases the owner of the bitch pays for all shipment and preperation costs. The shipping costs vary depending on where it is being shipped. The semen is sent in a shipping container.
CAN I SHARE SHIPPING COSTS WITH A SECOND STUD DOG?
Yes definately. It is very possible to share expenses going to another country, to another collection center, or somewhere in the United States. There is space in the shipper to send a couple of breedings.
WHAT'S THE BEST AGE TO HAVE MY DOG COLLECTED?
Ideally a stud dog should be collected between ages 2-3 years to 6-7 years. Having said this, of course there are exceptions. This is all dependant on the individual dog.