The Price of Popularity: Popular Sires and Population Genetics

Consider the hypothetical case of Old Blue, Malthound extraordinaire. Blue was perfect: Sound, healthy and smart. On week days he retrieved malt balls from dawn to dusk. On weekends he sparkled in malt field and obedience trials as well as conformation shows, where he baited to–you guessed it–malt balls. Everybody had a good reason to […]

The Stud Dog – Slip Matings, Substitutes and a Steak Aphrodisiac!

Offering your dog at stud, or promoting a stud ‘service’ may seem a simple and straight forward enough activity, but it can be laced with problems and pitfalls. Many times things DO according to plan – nature has a way of ensuring the future of the species and most dogs are (not surprisingly!) capable of […]

The Stud Dog – Fame, Fortune or Responsibility?

Owners of male pedigree dogs can become involved in stud dog work by choice or chance, but either way the responsibility is great. Some owners believe that owning a stud dog is a ticket to fame and fortune – a lucrative income for little effort plus a boost to the ego by becoming well known. […]