We successfully collected semen from Diesel (Mr Bordeaux Big Red) this morning. Semen assessment is an important part of the collection process and evaluates the fertility in males. It is a routine element of the pre-breeding examination.
It is generally assumed that the number of motile spermatozoa necessary for successful artificial insemination should be greater than 150 million per ml (Linde-Forsberg, 1991).
The sample collected from Diesel was outstanding. The concentration in the whole ejaculate was 258 million per ml. Diesel produced 14 ml of ejaculate. This means that a whopping 3.6 billion individual spermatozoa was produced in a single collection. Very impressive!!
We are extremely excited to announce that we had two baby girls born tonight via C-section. Bella and pups are doing well. Diesel, well, he slept through the entire event lol. Now the hard work begins....
I read an interesting paper today which investigated the life expectancy of dogs and whether 'hybrid vigour' exists in canines. In other words, this study explored whether crossbred dogs live longer than purebred dogs. The most common causes of death in dogs and the average life expectancies of the most common breeds are also presented. Interestingly, on average, cross bred dogs live about one year longer than pure bred dogs.
The results are summarised in the attached poster. The Dogue de Bordeaux breed is listed on this poster, so worth a look.
Journal Article Details O'Neil, D. G., et al. (2013). Longevity and mortality of owned dogs in England. The Veterinary Journal, 198(3), 638 - 643.