How Much Is Artificial Insemination For Dogs?

Dog artificial insemination is a modern alternative to natural dog breeding. It near-eliminates the risk of sexually-transmitted diseases and provides both the stud dog and the female with a safe and quick breeding experiences.

Firstly, before considering how much it costs to artificially inseminate, you must ensure your female is ready to be mated. Signs of this vary from not only breed to breed, but also amongst a specific breed.

Canine Scanning are dog fertility specialists with a fantastic reputation throughout the U.K.

That’s why we’ve prepared a thorough guide to artificial insemination, including costs, extra fees, progesterone tests, and more. Read below for more information

How Much Is Artificial Insemination?

What Is Dog Artificial Insemination?

Canine artificial insemination is a dog breeding method used by breeders across the globe. It is becoming increasingly popular, especially in smaller breeds, due to the safety, efficiency and success rate of the method.

Typically, two dogs would be bred naturally. This involves preselecting a stud dog and a bitch. The bitch is then mated on a specific day of her season, or whenever the male shows most interest in her. However, natural dog breedings are notorious for their risk of sexually transmitted diseases and potential for harm to both the stud dog and the female.

Harm is usually caused to the bitch when she is incorrectly mated on the wrong day of her season. This happens when an inexperienced male is presented to a bitch in heat and he subsequently attempts to breed with her.

We recommend to progesterone test your bitch to minimise harm and to ensure she is mated on the correct day.

So what exactly is artificial insemination?

Artificial insemination is different to natural matings. The breeding occurs in an ‘artificial manner’ using specialist equipment and trained staff.

Firstly, the bitch is progesterone tested to determine her most fertile day. This helps to maximise litter size and chances of a successful mating.

After, the semen should be collected from the male. This can be completed by safely stimulating his genitalia and collecting the resulting sperm in a semen collection bag. The prostatic fluid is usually separated from the sperm around this time.

Finally, the sperm is deposited into a syringe and catheter. The artificial insemination catheter is then inserted into the bitch and the sperm is safely and quickly deposited.

No anaesthesia is necessary.

The process is that easier. Artificial insemination takes the pain and stress out of dog breeding, resulting in a happier dog and a joyful breeding process.

Signs Your Dog Is Ready To Be Mated

Interestingly, if you have a male stud dog, you will often see them do something called a ‘love dance’, referring to the male’s movement when near a bitch in season.

One of our first stud dogs, Captain Jack, was renowned throughout the U.K’s pug breeders for his amusing moves. After sniffing a bitch in heat, Jack’s head would raise, and his ears pin back, and like a child playing hopscotch, he would skip throughout the garden, with not a single care in the world.

The bitch should also show signs of ovulation; upon stimulating the area around the vulva, her tail should move from left to right (dependant on the position of stimulation). When presented with a male, she should stand for him.

When Should I Mate My Dog?

Predicting the period of ovulation is a challenging task. There have been many cases of customers visiting us with a dog they believe to be ovulating; however, upon testing her progesterone, we were able to confirm that the dog was very far from being ready.
We highly suggest that you ovulation/progesterone test your bitch from day 7 of her season. This allows us to gather a baseline level and to monitor her levels further. Once the results hit a certain figure, we can provide a 2-day time window to mate her. It is important to get this right, as this can make or break a litter.

When Should I Mate My Dog?
How Much Does Artificial Insemination Cost?

How Much Does Artificial Insemination Cost?

As soon as your dog is ready to be mated, you can artificially inseminate her. The cost of this is £40. Not only does it ensure your dog is under the least amount of stress, but it is also a much quicker and cleaner method of mating.

Natural ties can often last upwards of 1 hour, which can be stressful for plenty of females, whereas the typical artificial insemination is completed within 10-15 minutes.

How Is Artificial Insemination Done?

During the artificial insemination procedure, the male is sexually stimulated using the vulva of the female. This produces a natural response to mount the female. Whilst mounted, the ejaculation should enter a collection sheathe, with care taken to avoid prostatic fluid. Finally, the semen is inseminated into the female using a sterile catheter. It may be held for some time.

As you can understand, the procedure does not require immense pressure, anaesthetic, or extreme handling methods.

How Is Artificial Insemination Done?
Why Is Artificial Insemination Better Than Natural Matings?

Why Is Artificial Insemination Better Than Natural Matings?

Artificial insemination offers numerous benefits over natural matings. Notably, it is cleaner and more efficient than natural ties. As there is no necessary contact between the male and female, it eliminates the passage of STIs. The entire procedure takes just 10-15 minutes, compared to upwards of 1 hour without human involvement.

Not only that, but you can rest assured that the semen is deposited with precision; our team our intensely trained before performing any procedure, with a sincere understanding of canine anatomy.

Here is an article from the BBC describing the introduction of artificial insemination.

How Successful Is Artificial Insemination In Dogs?

The success rate of artificial insemination in dogs depends on the quality of sperm, the monitoring of progesterone, and the clinician performing the procedure. However, it should be noted that conception rates are often as high as 100 percent, assuming diet, sperm, and progesterone level has been carefully managed.

How Successful Is Artificial Insemination In Dogs?
How To Know If A Mating Is Successful?

How To Know If A Mating Is Successful?

Typically, after 2 successful artificial inseminations, you will see quick results. To elaborate, you may notice your dog becoming more lethargic as the days pass by. Moreover, her stomach size may grow, and swelling of the nipples may occur. The behaviour and attitude of your bitch can begin to change just one day after breeding.

Further down the line, at around 21-days, it is strongly recommended that you perform an ultrasound scan on your bitch to ensure she is not infected with pyometra and for a full assessment of her health to be performed.

What Is The Success Rate Of Artificial Insemination?

Most dog breeders turn to artificial insemination after trying and failing with natural matings.

Typically, natural matings cause a lot of stress for the male and female. For example, the male may be too big for the female, resulting in pain and screaming from the bitch. In turn, the male may react by snapping at the bitch or vice versa. Moreover, negative experiences, especially for an inexperienced stud dog, is likely to discourage them when attempting to breed again.

At that point, it is very difficult to continue breeding with that specific stud dog.

As artificial insemination is a much quicker and safer process with only a small amount of contact needed between the stud and the bitch, most breeders prefer to use it, especially if they are concerned about their reputation.

This means the success rate of artificial insemination is much, much higher than natural matings.

In fact, Canine Scanning have found that over 95% of dogs bred with artificial insemination at our clinic had a confirmed pregnancy at 21-days.

However, it is important to note that the success rate of artificial insemination depends on multiple factors such as:

  • The quality of the dog sperm – if a male has poor quality sperm, the likelihood of a successful mating is dramatically decreased. Stud dogs should have regular sperm testing to ensure their semen is of high quality.
  • The amount of dog sperm – if a stud dog has a low amount of sperm, it is unlikely that the sperm will fertilise the eggs. This often results in a small litter size or a failed pregnancy.
  • Progesterone levels of the female – progesterone testing your dog is arguably the most crucial element of dog breeding. By performing a quick progesterone test, you can determine the best day to mate your dog to ensure she has a good sized litter and is not mated unnecessarily.
  • Age of stud dog – sexually immature male canines are not likely to produce any viable sperm. By attempting to breed them too early, you increase the chances of the stud dog retiring at a very early age.

Of course, there are other factors that can affect the success rate of artificial insemination though the factors listed above are the most important to consider.

How To Know If A Mating Is Successful?
Artificial Insemination for Dogs

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