We have a, barely four yr. old, Boston who is AKC registered and we'd like to stud him for a puppy. How should I go about starting this process? He is an awesome tempered and might I add...handsome, seal colored Boston.
I'm not that up on bostons-but first make sure the dog is up to standard. Right height,weight,color,temperament,health. Find some way to evaluate him weather it be a breed show or a local breed club.
Get all health tests. Breeding dogs can get stds to so require testing for that. Hips and elbows seem to be their biggest issue,but I know eye issues are common.
Require the same thing of the females you breed to.
Are you just doing this to get a puppy? What if they are only male pups and then they do not get along? Will you alter a female pup if you do get one? Just because it is a pup of your dog does not mean it will be anything like him. Its usually better to go look at pups and have a breeder match you than be stuck with one thats not a good fit.
Your dogs personality may change after breeding also.
If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons -James Thurber
Yes, the only reason is to get a puppy. I'm not looking to get a female pup. Girls are too much trouble. Mugsy is up to standards in all aspects of health, looks, weight, strength, agility and structure overall. I will scrutinize his potential mates' background as well. Yes, you never know what you will get, but if there's a chance of getting a dog as good as mine its worth the try. What I'm having trouble with is finding people who are looking to breed. Mostly finding pups for sale, not to breed with. I have left his info at two vets but no action has come of it for two years. Looking for tips on connecting with people.
Has your boy been CERF'd (for vision issues)? BAER tested (for hearing issues)? Patellas tested (for locomotion/pain issues)? No signs of brachycephalic syndrome? Free from hermivertebrae? These are all well known issues with Bostons that can be passed on to offspring. Just because your vet says he's healthy [now] doesn't mean he won't exhibit a Boston issue in the future or won't pass on something nasty to his offspring.
If you're really serious about breeding, you should know about these things. Have you exhausted the info on the Boston's national breed club website? Join some Boston-specific forums and really research the idea. You'll come upon other responsible breeders who may want to use your dog for stud (if you've done the required health testing) and your dog meets the breed club's conformation standards. AKC-registered means, pretty much, nothing other than, hopefully, your boy has an [honest] pedigree.
Breeding the right way is expensive and time consuming, sometimes heart-breaking, and won't be profitable for years, if ever! It really is not, if you love your breed, just a simple matter of mating a male to a female...there's so much more involved than most people know. Breeding is something one must go into with eyes wide open (and brain fully informed).
An awesome temper and a handsome physique are only initial reasons to stud your boy, IMO, and not, by a longshot, the only reasons. Reputable breeders won't give your boy a second glance without the proper health testing and assurance of his conformation.