was now about 18 months old and the time had come to 'mate' her - so we
arranged to take her to the ShadowSquad
German Shepherd Dog breeder
in Newbury, Berkshire that we had
got her from - to be presented to 'Tiger' one of their resident stud
was a very large German Shepherd and aptly named!
When they met,
Tsara played very it cool and looked not very interested
- while the stud dog looked on rather calmly - he was very experienced
and took it all in his stride - I guess
he'd seen it all
before and knew that she would come round!
decided that she wanted to be 'wooed'
first and was not
going to play ball immediately - so Tiger had to keep going
around her and try to entice her. This seemed to go on for about 30
minutes but Tiger was very patient and as we were beginning to think
nothing was going to happen, Tsara relented and decided it was the
right time and she was now ready.
We had to keep our
Shepherd bitch on a long lead just in case anything
went wrong, just in
case she panicked - it may have led to her hurting the stud dog.
Now some of you
will probably have seen a pair of dogs going at it like
'hammer and tongs'
but seeing German Shepherd Dogs mating is not like
that at all.
Mating a German
Shepherd Dog is calm and
almost like in 'slow motion', and is always supervised at
the dog breeders.
experienced stud dog seemed to be very careful and sensitive
towards Tsara - as if he knew it was her first time.
It was really
quite something to see and unlike anything you imagined,
they performed what is called a 'tie' where they are entwined together
back-to-back and this again seemed to last for about 15 minutes where
nothing actually seemed to be happening.
It's amazing to
see animals that have a natural instinct perform a
mating ritual that frankly is hard to put into words to describe it
But at the end,
they separated and both seemed quite relaxed and
Tiger went off to get his dinner and have a lie-down after all his
exertions, and we got our baby back who seemed shyly none the worst for
we had to get her back home, cross our fingers and hope the mating
Now to a German
Shepherd breeder, mating their German Shepherds is a
very serious business as they need to keep the line pure and free from
any physical defects (note:
dogs are screened for any inherited physical problems such as hip
so that the German
that are produced are fit and healthy.
They must keep
good records and make sure the blood lines are not 'inter-mixed'
so they match their stud dogs carefully with the bitches history, in
order to have the best looking and best physical attributes that they
can, which results in good even temperament, and healthy German
Shepherd puppies that people will like and want.
That's why to a
dog breeder, the mating of German Shepherd Dogs is so critical, and the
choice of which dog to breed with which bitch is vitally important to
keep the historical line pure without inter-breeding which could lead
to harmful effects to the line of descent.
A bitch comes 'into season' (or
also termed as 'on
twice per year and a small discharge of blood from the vagina will be
noticed - this lasts for about 14 days and she should be ready for
mating a few days
after the discharges stop. (i.e. between the 14th - 18th day of having
come into season.
way to check if your dog is ready for mating is to stroke her
hindquarters - if she is ready for mating your bitch will raise her
tail and move it to one side.
Note: If you
are going to breed from your dog, you should make sure you mate her
before your bitch is 3
years old. This is for her health reasons, approx 18 - 24 months is best
(after her third season)
and make sure your bitch has been
wormed, and has relieved herself before mating, and keep her quiet
after the mating has taken place.
Before mating your
dog, the bitch should be in good condition i.e. she shouldn't be
overfed leading to her being fat, and should be enjoying a good
physical, regular exercise regime.
the mating, keep your bitch away from other dogs, if you don't she may
end up have two litters by different dogs!
don't forget to get your puppy house trained!