Mating Guidelines



If you do plan to breed from your pet follow these guidelines.

  • Ensure it is in fine physical form, over 18 months old and emotionally mature. Males should have both testicles descended in the scrotum. Recognise that if using your male for breeding he will be more interested in and successful at sex than he might otherwise have been.
  • Ensure both individuals are well socialised to their own species as well as people. Intensely people-orientated pets, denied an early opportunity to learn how to behave with others may be unwilling or unable to mate.
  • Ensure you have good homes for the litter.
  • Ensure that your conform to local legal obligations attached to pet breeding
  • Have both dog and bitch examined by us and certified healthy and free from known inherited diseases. Within breeds known to suffer from inherited eye or joint diseases have us certify them as disease-free and registered with the appropriate the Kennel Club / GCCF. For diseases for which there are now genetic tests, such as PRA in Irish Setters and polycystic kidney disease in Persian cats, have us carry out blood tests to ensure the breeding pair are not carriers.
  • Ensure vaccinations and worming are up to date. Recent vaccination ensures that pups and kits inherit good levels of maternal antibody protection against the common infectious diseases.
  • Worm your pet regularly before and during pregnancy.
  • Choose your pet's partner by temperament and health not simply by looks and bloodlines.9. During proestrus and estrus exercise your bitch only on her lead to eliminate any risk of mismating.
  • If purebreds, ensure both are registered with the Kennel Club or GCCF. Pups and kits with documents are easier to home.
  • With dogs, ten days after the onset of estrus visit us for a vaginal cytology examination or measurement of blood progesterone. Cytology is simple and helps to pinpoint generally where she is in her estrous cycle. Breeding is most successful when it occurs within two days of ovulation.


Each female has her own idiosyncratic estrous cycle. The most common reason for an unsuccessful mating is miscalculating the correct time for mating.

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