Breeder Information

There are many things to consider before deciding that breeding from your bitch or using your dog at stud is the way forward. It is definitely not all plain sailing and you have to be prepared for anything from the early stages of the health testing, to finding the correct mate, caring for the bitch in whelp and then of course the delivery and care of the puppies. Breeding is not for the faint hearted. If you are still interested the best thing to do is contact either the breeder of your dog/bitch or contact the Breeding Co-ordinator who will help answer any questions you may have.

The 'Book of the Bitch' by J M Evans and Kay White is an excellent book that will give you an idea of what to expect.

 

Breed Co-ordinator
Karen Surrall
Tel: 01554 751 431
E-mail :karen@awelymorspinoni.co.uk

 

For those with a male that they think may be suitable to be used as a stud, please click on the link to view a `sample stud dog contract` to give you some idea of the health tests which would need to be in place before offering your dog up to stud.

Sample Stud Contract

Sample Stud Contract

 

Health Testing Recommendations
TestUK Companies/LabsEuropean/US LabsTimingsScore Indicator
Hip & Elbow
Dysplasia
Local Veterinaryn/aFrom 12 Months of Age
One off Test to be done at the same time
Hip Score
0=Excellent - 30+ Severe
As a guideline, any dog or bitch with a BVA overall (both hips) score of 18 is acceptable for breeding anything higher please consult the Breed Co-ordinator for advice.
Elbow Score
It is strongly recommended that breeders wishing to reduce the risk of elbow dysplasia should select their breeding stock (both dogs and bitches) with an overall Grade 0. Dogs with a Grade 1 can be used with caution but only on a dog or bitch with a Grade 0.
BVA
Eye Scheme
The Kennel Club
www.thekennelclub.org.uk
(List of specialists on website)
OptiGen (America)
Website: www.optigen.com
(Order Test Online)
From 12 Months of Age
Once every 2 Years
This is a general eye test that can pick up the onset of several eye conditions including PRA. A clear eye test is required for mating.
You can ask the Specialist to write on the Certificate for example: At the time of testing the dog/bitch is clear of PRA
Although not a requirement of the Club if you wanted to find out if your dog or bitch is a carrier of PRA you can contact OptiGen and they will send out the relevant kit.
Von Willebrand's
Type 1 & 2
Laboklin (UK & Ireland)
Tel: 0161 282 3066
Animal Genetics (UK)
Tel: 01726 247 788
MyDogDNA (Finland)
Email: info@mydogdna.com
Embark
Email: howdy@embarkvet.com
Any Age
One off Test
Carrier Status of Type 1 & 2 Von Willebrand's should only be bred to a non-carrier of both types
D-LocusLaboklin (UK & Ireland)
Tel: 0161 282 3066
Animal Genetics (UK)
Tel: 01726 247 788
MyDogDNA (Finland)
Email: info@mydogdna.com
Embark
Email: howdy@embarkvet.com
Any Age
One off Test
D/D = Non-Dilute - D/d = Carrier of Dilute d/d = Dilute
D/D to D/D or D/D to D/d Acceptable
D/d to D/d or d/d to d/d Not Acceptable
Registration requirements
TestUK Companies/LabsEuropean/US LabsTimingsScore Indicator
ISAG 2006
(DNA Profile)
Laboklin (UK & Ireland)
Tel: 0161 282 3066
MyDogDNA (Finland)
Email: info@mydogdna.com
Embark
Email: howdy@embarkvet.com
Any Age
One off Test
By DNA profiling breeders will be able to ensure that there can be no concerns about the authenticity of their lines.
This is a requirement to register your puppies in France.
Confirmationn/an/aFrom 12 months of age
(One off)
This requires a trip to France to one of the shows that have conformation available, the site below shows you where conformation classes are held.
This is a requirement to register your puppies in France.
Website: www.cedia.fr
Membership French Clubn/an/an/aAlthough this is not a requirement it does help you keep up to date with the breed in France.
Email: clubchiensdeau@gmail.com

 

These are just very short descriptions of what we are asking you to test for in your Barbet. For further information, you can look each one up on the internet.

Hip & Elbow Dysplasia

Hip Dysplasia - The hip joint is composed of the ball and socket. The development of hip dysplasia is determined by an interaction of genetic and environmental factors, though there is a complicated pattern of inheritance for this disorder with multiple genes involved. Hip Dysplasia is the failure of the hip joints to develop normally (known as malformation) gradually deteriorating to loss of function of the hip joints.

Elbow Dysplasia - The disease Elbow Dysplasia simply means 'abnormal development of the elbow'. The term includes a number of specific abnormalities that affect different sites within the joint. These cause problems by affecting the growth of the cartilage which forms the surface of the joint or the structures around it. These abnormalities are primary lesions which then induce a secondary osteoarthritic process.

BVA Eye Scheme

Dogs may be affected by a number of proven or presumed inherited eye diseases which may affect vision or be painful. The purpose of the Eye Scheme is to examine breeding dogs for these diseases so that their prevalence can be reduced by selective breeding. It is generally recommended in the UK at the moment that breeding dogs be tested once every two years. However, if you are using a dog or bitch from abroad they may ask for a current Test Certificate that is within 1 year of the eye test.

Von Willebrand's Disease

Von Willebrand's disease (vWD) is the most common inherited bleeding disorder of both humans and dogs. It is caused by a deficiency in the amount of a specific protein needed to help platelets (the blood cells used in clotting) stick together and form clots to seal broken blood vessels. The deficient protein is called von Willebrand factor (vWF). There is a rating factor of Von Willebrand's type 1, 2 & 3, at the moment we are only testing for 1 & 2 this may change in the future if we see any issues arising with Type 3.

D-Locus

D-Locus is the primary locus associated with diluted pigment, which results in coats that would otherwise be black or brown instead showing up as grey or blue in the case of black and pale brown or Isabella in the case of brown. The melanophilin gene has recently been shown to be responsible, but not all of the dilute causing mutations have been identified as yet.

A recessive mutation in the melanophilin gene was identified as the cause of colour dilution phenotypes in the dog. Two alleles (variants) are described: the dominant full colour (D) and the recessive dilute (d). Two copies of dilute are needed to lighten black pigment to grey (often called blue) and red pigment to cream (also called buff).

ISAG 2006

ISAG 2006 is a DNA profile generated with a set of DNA markers which is unique to an individual dog. By profiling breeders will be able to ensure that there can be no concerns about the authenticity of their lines. Profiling will provide a reference if there is a need to identify an individual dog at any stage in the dog's life (DNA profiles do not vary with age).

Note: Please double check with MyDogDNA and Embark that they test for Von Willebrand Type 1 and D-Locus for UK dogs at the present time they do not.