In order to breed to any of our studs, we require that the bitch have her hips certified by OFA and her eyes certified by CERF and recommend having the elbows certified by OFA. For a natural breeding, we also require a recent brucellosis test with a negative result. We recommend getting the brucellosis test as soon as she comes in season as it can often take 4 or 5 days to get the results. We like to have the female when her progesterone level reaches 5 nanograms. We live about 50 miles from the Missoula airport and several airlines fly in there, so shipping to us is easy.
We do have frozen semen stored in Grass Valley, California and have had excellent luck when breeders have used frozen semen by surgical implant. In order to get the semen shipped in time, please notify us as soon as she comes in so that we can make arrangements with the semen bank. The non-refundable deposit for frozen semen is $500 to be paid before shipping the semen; the balance is due when the puppies are 3 weeks old. We guarantee the semen to be of high quality at the time of thawing, but we cannot guarantee live puppies since we have no control over the insemination or inseminator.
Our stud fees are as follow: $1500 for Trip and Chase, $1000 for Chance, Hawk, Chad, Jay and Skatch. For a natural breeding, we require a non-refundable deposit of $100 to be paid at the time of breeding. The balance for either a frozen semen breeding or a natural breeding is due when the puppies are 3 weeks old. With either a frozen semen breeding or a natural breeding, if there are less than 3 puppies, the stud fee is $350 per puppy.
Other fees include airport pickup and delivery of $50 each, $10 per day boarding, and $25 per progesterone test.