Question by Ashlea Drysdale: What is the normal age for a male poodle to start breeding?
I just bought a boy toy poodle. He is currently 8 weeks old. I was wondering at what age am i able to start breeding him?
Answer by Cookie
After completely researching his background to make sure he is not carrying the gene for PRA, CJC, heart problems, and the many allergies poodles have, then getting his sperm tested for irregularities that might cause puppies to be born hydrocephalic (water heads) or mutated, he could probably be bred safely by a year. The female needs tests for VWD (a bleeding disorder that could kill her when she whelps)CJC, PRA, complete blood panel eliminating thyroid conditions, heart problems, and of course worms.
You will need to make sure both pedigrees, three generations back, have not produced any of the poodle problems listed either. After all this, and a litter showing you produce healthy normal puppies, then you will be fine.
Make sure your vet explains exactly how to mate your dogs so your male does not get permanently damaged by a female that doesn’t really want any part of him.
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