Breeding your dog is a big deal. It’s essential to find a breeder who offers a French bulldog stud service in California that fits what you’re looking for in a mate for your dam and its posterity. At Royal Empire French Bulldogs, we understand finding a quality stud service isn’t easy, so we’ve put together a few things you should look for.
Knowing some of the genetic traits that get passed onto a litter of puppies is important. As a breeder, you want to give your customers as much confidence in the health of their puppy as possible. Breeding your dam with a stud that comes from a healthy pedigree is a great way to ensure this. Check with the stud’s owner for a pedigree, so you can be confident that the bloodline is free from common or prominent genetic disorders.
Consider the dog’s age
It’s not unusual for dogs to have genetic defects that don’t present at a young age. Paying for a stud service’s young dog could lead to unidentified health problems that won’t manifest until the dog reaches an advanced age. Furthermore, an old dog has already shown that it has the genes to promote good health and long life, which is typically a good sign for a litter of pups.
Ask for genetic testing
In addition to looking at the stud’s pedigree, have a genetic test done for the dog. Keep in mind that not all genetic disorders will display in a dog’s pedigree, as mutations can occur independently of family history. A first-generation genetic mutation could be the result of inbreeding or simply bad luck. What’s more, not all genetic mutations will be passed on to new pups. A vet can help to evaluate a report to provide this information. Ask to get the stud tested to identify possible mutations or congenital defects that could manifest in future generations.
Get a health screen
Not only are you going to want to look for generational medical history and genetic testing, but a general health screen will also let you know the current state of the stud’s health. Specifically, look for Brucellosis, which is a sexually transmitted disease that’s common in dogs. It can cause inflammation of reproductive organs, infertility, and abortions.
Check coefficient of inbreeding
Some level of inbreeding is going to happen with a stud service. It’s an unfortunate part of the process as there are so few bloodlines that will produce strong and healthy puppies. You can reduce the amount of inbreeding with a stud and a dam by checking the coefficient of inbreeding (COI). You can use tools online to check the stud’s COI with your dog to ensure there’s not a high risk of defects from inbreeding.
Sign a contract
It doesn’t matter if you’re buying a pup or getting a French bulldog stud service; you need to sign a contract. Every contract should contain an agreement of service with the stud with information like genetic and health screens, the day and time of service, and the contact number of an emergency vet both parties have agreed upon. You should also include terms of care while the dam is in the care of the stud owner.
Reach out for more information
If you’d like to learn more about a French bulldog stud service in California, please get in touch with us at Royal Empire French Bulldogs. We’re experienced in breeding Frenchies and can provide you with information regarding our studs. Give us a call at 714-306-8656 or send a message using our online contact form.