Semen is collected ideally from dogs 12 months of age (however dogs of 7-8 months have been previously tested and have shown to have mobility, but doing to early can cause issues).
Testing is a useful tool used for breeding soundness examinations, as well as for artificial insemination.
Ideally this is performed in advance of mating either for natural or insemination.
That way, if there is slow mobility, or low quantity there is plenty of time to sort out another stud dog. Semen collected for insemination can be used fresh, or can be cooled and shipped to another location.
An enhancer is usually best to use for insemination.
Canine semen is collected using hand pressure and massage. Most failures arise because the male is shy or otherwise intimidated. Making the dog at ease helps to perform the collection as does on a non-slip surface such as carpet.
When looking at sample there are 5 parts we look at.
2: Sperm concentration
3: Sperm mobility
4: Forward progression
5: Sperm morphology/shape of sperm.
These steps give us overall motility (the ability of sperm to move properly towards an egg), sperm number and morphology (the form and structure of the sperm, number of sperm, the movements and the shape of the sperm
All of the above add together to give a visible reading of active sperm.
On this result we can give you an overview of the sperm mobility.
Sperm Count Assessment
Counting the semen of your dog can be a vital part of your breeding program. If keeping a dog for stud, not only for your use but prospective owners wishing to use your dog can sway the decision.
It is an important assessment at any age.
Most dogs produce a good quality semen from 1 year of age. Peak fertility is around 2-3 years old.
A fully assessed semen exam is offered to attest your dogs fertility.