Since Bleu is clear on both CNM and EIC, bitches that are carriers of either or both of these are qualified to breed to Bleu. Puppies will have a 50/50 chance on average of being a carrier, or being clear. We do not accept AFFECTED bitches on either trait.
A progesterone test is a REQUIREMENT before breeding to Bleu. Trying to guess a bitches timing based on her flagging, days after her start, how nuts your male at home is, or other traditional methods are unacceptable. There is no better assurance of a good litter than a good progesterone test.
Bleu is available for natural breedings, Frozen breedings, Fresh Chilled and Side by Side AI.
If you will be doing a frozen breeding, we recommend having this done in a HIGHLY RESPECTED REPRODUCTIVE VET. Your vet must be skilled in this, able to read the instructions that comes with the semen, and should have done this procedure many times.
Please read this AKC article before breeding your dog. It is very important information to achieve a good litter. This article from the AKC has good information on timing the breeding to Bleu and other valuable information, such as the types of testing available as well as options for breeding to Bleu.
At this time Bleu's stud fee is $975, with a $250 NON REFUNDABLE deposit (see below). Boarding fees during breeding are $15 a day, round trips to my vet are $50 and trips to the airport to pick up bitches for natural breedings is $125 round trip. Fresh chilled, side by side AI, and frozen breedings require additional expenses from the bitch owner. If your bitch will not stand for a natural breeding, a side by side AI will be performed at your expense, but these generally are very reasonable at our veterinarian.
Most of Bleu's litters have been in the 8 to 10 pup range. Correct progesterone timingis essential.
Other requirements are copies of pedigree, OFA certificates, your bitches accomplishments, etc. Your bitch does not have to be titled for breeding to Bleu, although we certainly encourage that the bitch be from a competition or hunting environment.
About your deposit; There is much that has to be done by the breeder when you bring your dog to be bred. The deposit covers the time and cost of the stud owner to breed your dog. We treat your dog as our own. Therefore our policy is to not refund deposits if the litter doesn't take. We will carry the deposit over to another breeding attempt, and the next breeding will be the stud fee minus the deposit. Unfortunately not all ties are successful, and you should be prepared that this could occur. Please read up on the process and what happens after the pups come. Ask your vet lots of questions to insure that she or he KNOWS ABOUT BREEDING DOGS, DELIVERING PUPS IN EMERGENCIES and his AVAILABILITY IN EMERGENCIES. We love to see Bleu puppies being born, but it we encourage breeders to research all options when time for delivery. Be ready!
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