5 Health Tests Your Stud Dog Needs

If you are considering using your purebred male canine as a stud dog, you should be aware that they are many things that will be required before people begin to bring their female dogs to you for breeding. For instance, there are many health tests that are recommended, and sometimes required, by breeders seeking stud services.

Therefore, it is important to know what types of health tests are generally required for stud dogs. While the types of health tests that are required for breeding services will vary by breed of dog, there are some common types of tests that are almost always required.

1. Hip Tests

Hip dysplasia is very common among some larger breeds of dogs. Therefore, many breeders will require that your stud dog be tested for hip dysplasia before allowing you to breed. Dogs with a history of hip dysplasia are typically avoided in most dog breeding arenas. Furthermore, you may be required to get a hip certification from certifying organizations, such as: the LSA, PennHip, ODC or the American Veterinarian Association.

2. Eye Tests

Eye tests are almost always a required health test for most breeds of dogs. Cataracts and other types of eye illnesses can be hereditary; therefore, most breeders will eye testing before allowing the dog to be bred.

3. Cardiac Testing

Many breeds of dogs inherit congenital heart defect from their parents; furthermore, many types of dogs experience cardiac problems at relatively early stages in life. Therefore most dog breeders require a cardiac clearance for most stud dogs.

4. Thyroid Testing

Many breeds of smaller dogs will need to be tested for thyroid malfunction. This type of testing is done by sending in a blood sample for diagnosis. Furthermore, most breeders of popular breeds such as Poodles will always require thyroid clearance because of the high number of thyroid related illnesses associated in these breeds.

5. Elbow Testing

In very popular breeds such as Golden retrievers or Labrador retrievers, as well as many others, elbow dysplasia can be a common and debilitating problem. Therefore, a certification that warrants that the dog is free from elbow dysplasia is quite common as a requirement for the breeding of large, popular dog breeds.

These are but a few of the common types of health tests that may be required for your stud dog before breeders will allow the dog to mate with a female. However, there are many more that may be required for certain breeds of dogs. Therefore, if you're considering breeding your dog, you should always do as much research as possible to determine what types of health tests are common to your breed. If you are new to the dog breeding field, you may find that the cost of some of these health tests may be prohibitive and you may need to think of allowing your stud dog to be involved with a kennel or other group that provides breeding services.