Blue-nose pit bulls are often claimed to be rare, special or valuable, and it is not unusual for breeders to ask a premium for puppies of this kind. Truth is, pit bulls come in virtually any colour and blue- and red-nosed dogs are not specimens that fall into the ''rare'' categories. Breeders that are willing to focus on breeding pit bull specimens for the blue nose trait, must also be willing to focus on other important factors such as conformation, health, athletic ability, beauty and temperament. If you are considering to breed blue-nose pit bulls, please breed responsibly and to improve the breed.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
Things you need
- Blue-nose pit bull mate
- Health records
- Pre-breeding test results
Plan the ideal time for breeding your blue-nose pit bull. Dams should not be bred before their third or even fourth heat. This means you may have to wait until your blue-nose pit bull turns at least 2 years old. Breeding earlier is counterproductive since the dam may not be mentally nor physically ready for caring for a litter of pups.
Take your blue-nose pit bull to your veterinarian. Have his joints x-rayed to obtain certification and clearance from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, have thyroid levels checked, and request eye examinations. Studs should undergo a physical examination and have testicles, prostate and penis checked for any abnormalities. Brucellosis testing is recommended. Make sure there are no parasites, infections, and that all shots are updated.
Select a possible mate for your blue-nose pit bull. Consult with an experienced breeder for advice. If you own a female, you will have to take her to the male. If you are unable to find a good mate locally, you may have to consider getting your dam artificially inseminated. The semen is collected from the stud dog by a veterinarian, chilled and then shipped. Consider that to produce a litter of blue-nose pit bulls both stud and dam must carry the gene for this recessive trait.
Watch for signs of heat. Vaginal bleeding and swelling of the vulva are signs your blue-nose pit bull is coming into proestrus. Generally, dams are at their peak of fertility any time between day 8 through 15 following the day the dam started bleeding, explains veterinarian Margareth V. Root Kustritz with the University of Minnesota.
Supervise the mating. A ''tie'' where the male and female are stuck together for several minutes, provides the best chance for pregnancy. You may need to calm the dam during this time as many may become nervous and restless. Allow breeding every other day until the female shows no more interest in the male.
Have your dam examined by a veterinarian to confirm pregnancy. Pregnancy can be detected as early as thirty days after the breeding took place. Your veterinarian may be able to confirm pregnancy by palpating the dam's abdomen, by ultrasound or with a progesterone hormone analysis.
Tips and warnings
- Have your pit bulls undergo temperament tests before breeding.
- Breed with care and knowledge, wanting to better the breed.
- Consult with mentors who actively breed and exhibit pit bulls.
- To better determine fertile days, have your dam seen by the vet for a vaginal smear the first few days after vaginal bleeding.
- Never choose a mate based on colour and beauty alone.
- Do not breed if you are just looking for an opportunity to make money.
- Breeding can turn very costly and there may be little chances for making profits.
- Never breed on the first heat cycles.
- Avoid breeding if your blue-nose pit bull has behavioural problems or hereditary health conditions.
- Breeding two blue-nose pit bulls does not guarantee a litter with blue noses since it is a recessive trait.
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