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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-07-2011, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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Breeding to an older male

I am currently in the research phase for my next litter. I found a male that has produced some very nice progeny. My primary concern is his age - he would be 12+ at the time of the breeding. I am curious if other breeders here have used older males and if they were successful in terms of conception, litter size, etc. I would love to hear about others experiences using older males. Thanks in advance.

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Ask the owner to do a fertility check. Easy as can be - then you know for sure.

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As well as health/size of last breeding.


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I bred to a male that was just shy of 12 and got a litter of 7 (6 live, 1 dead). My first female's grandfather was 12.5 when he sired his last litter. I would want a health and fertility exam done on the male. I believe the AKC also has some extra requirements for males over 12.

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IF he passes the requisite health clearances, including those related to his age, then go for it. Older males absolutely ROCK, IMO, b/c they have established longevity. Older males have that extra bit of potential for passing on longevity. (Naturally, age alone isn't enough, but you've indicated he has the qualities you're seeking & passes 'em on)
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a few months prior to mating with this older male have the owner supplement with MACA root powder, kelp , and ground pumpkin seeds . That is my male formula .
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-08-2011, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone!!!

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My puppy's sire died of bloat at 5 years old. I would LOVE to buy a puppy knowing that the sire was still breeding at 12.


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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-08-2011, 11:29 AM
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I know a viable stud of that age. Like the others said, find out when last used.
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