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Hello all I have an 8 year old sheltie who I am looking to stud. It would be his first time and I just want to be sure he will be safe doing so. I have done quite a bit of preparation in getting him tested for brucellosis and a full physical which both have come back healthy. Are there any concerns I should have or does anyone know of typical injuries that could occur? This is always something I’ve wanted to do but not at the expense of a serious injury. Thank you all so much for your time
 

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Is studding like another word for neutering?
No, they want to breed him.

This is a handy reference chart for deciding on whether to breed him or not.

Breeder flow chart by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

Beyond that, there is always the possibility of him being injured either before the breeding if the bitch decides she doesn't like him, or during the breeding and tie.
 

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These are the health screening for Shetland Sheepdogs to have a CHIC number, according to the OFA website.


  • Hip Dysplasia (One of the following)
    OFA Evaluation
    PennHIP Evaluation
  • Eye Examination- Recommend evaluation every year until age 5, every 2 years thereafter until age 9.
    Eye Examination by a boarded ACVO Ophthalmologist
  • Electives (2 of the following)
    DNA-based vWD test from an approved lab; results registered with the OFA
    MDR1 - DNA based MDR1 test result registered with the OFA.
    Thyroid - OFA Thyroid Evaluation from an approved laboratory - Recommend testing at ages 2, 4, and 7.
    CEA - DNA Based CEA test result registered with the OFA.
    Elbow - OFA Elbow Dysplasia Evaluation
    DMS - DNA based DMS test results registered with the OFA.
  • Degenerative Myelopathy (Optional)
    DM - DNA based SOD1 mutation test results registered with the OFA.
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (Optional)
    DNA based PRA test result registered with the OFA.
  • Patellar Luxation (Optional)
    OFA Patellar Luxation Evaluation
  • Cardiac Evaluation (Optional)
    Recommend exam by board certified cardiologist, or board certified specialist in internal medicine.
    Advanced Cardiac Exam
    Recommend exam by board certified cardiologist, or board certified specialist in internal medicine.
  • Dentition (Optional)
    DENTITION DATABASE - dental exam by licensed veterinarian to certify full dentition
  • Maxillary Canine-Tooth Mesioversion (Optional)
    DNA-Based MCM test results registered with OFA
 

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The biggest concern when breeding is possible aggression from the bitch. She might need to be muzzled and held for him to mount and "tie." After the dismount and during the tie, she may still need to be on leash as may he just to keep them quiet until the tie is broken.
 
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