Breeder's Notebook: Global Affairs

Importing semen from foreign studs presents unique challenges.

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Thanks to the Internet, especially sites like Facebook, breeders from around the world can see what each others’ dogs are winning and producing. Now more than ever, stud inquiries come from breeders on distant continents. As a stud owner, it’s flattering and exciting. But sending semen internationally can also be disappointing, frustrating and expensive – especially if you are unprepared.

Regulations
Plan well ahead. Many countries require you to test and vaccinate the stud dog well ahead of collection, or require post-collection testing. Some countries even require a quarantine of the semen and a re-examination of the stud dog as long as 6 months following the collection.

The most common requirement for semen originating from the United States is a rabies vaccination that must be given no earlier than one year prior to collection and no sooner than one month before collection. Blood tests for Brucella canis and leptospirosis are also commonly required, but the timing varies widely from country to country.

The trick is to get an idea of the countries you are most likely to export semen to, and come up with a timetable that will enable you to do the least testing and fewest vaccinations to have your dog’s semen eligible for the most countries.

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