In an ideal world, all dogs would have their semen checked prior to being used at stud. This becomes highly important if one or more of the bitches the dog has serviced has not produced any puppies.
Semen samples are checked visually under the microscope for volume, quality, motility, forward motility and morphology. Sperm numbers are then calculated and fully discussed with the owner.
By 12 months of age most dogs are sexually mature and should provide a good sample. Semen quality can decrease after five years of age. However, many older dogs are quite capable of producing a litter of puppies and some may have semen of good enough quality to use. A good semen sample would have at least 70% forward motility and less than 10% of the sperm classed as abnormal, again this is discussed during the analysis and examples are shown to our clients. We are able to support clients with ways to improve low scoring semen samples and advise on future mating’s.
Semen evaluation can be carried out at North West Breeding Services premises or on a mobile basis at your home, whichever is least stressful for your male and in the most part we don’t require a bitch in season to accompany your appointment (although it does help!)