Since the initial birth of puppies
conceived from frozen semen in 1969, the techniques of freezing
canine semen have been refined to a point of practical
application. ICSB-OHIO is fully prepared to handle every
facet of semen collection, freezing, storage and shipping of
canine frozen semen.
The trained staff at ICSB-OHIO is also prepared to
evaluate individuals, both stud and bitch, to be sure that they
are functioning reproductively to their maximum ability. Healthy
individuals are essential for the greatest chance of conception
whether they are bred naturally, with fresh or with frozen
The technique used allows for a calculated number of healthy
sperm cells to be inseminated into a bitch in estrus by the
safest possible way, yet with the greatest chance of conception.
ADVANTAGES OF FROZEN CANINE SEMEN
- Genetic continuity
- Complete importing and exporting
capabilities of frozen semen. Frozen semen can be shipped to
the bitch rather than having to ship the bitch, eliminating
the risk and high cost factors.
- A stud dog's capacity for
producing progeny can still be used after he is debilitated or
- Safety factors, the bitch and dog
are not exposed to each other, so the risks of injury due to
fighting or venereal disease are eliminated.
- AKC and Field StudBook approved.
- DNA testing required on all
frozen, fresh cooled semen collections.
A male dog's peak is between two to
seven years of age. Often, before he has reached his performance
peak, we recommend having the male collected and stored, based
on his potential. However, any intact male, regardless of age,
can be evaluated for freezing at ICSB-OHIO. Dogs up to
fourteen years of age have been shown to be capable of producing
viable sperm cells and having their semen successfully frozen.
ICSB-OHIO has housing facilities for owners wishing to
leave their dogs for repeated dose collections or for
reproductive work-ups. In addition, airport pick-up of dogs can
be arranged for a nominal fee. ICSB-OHIO is only twenty
minutes from Cleveland Hopkins Airport.
Dogs having their semen frozen will
- a photocopy of their registration,
- a negative brucellosis test (can
be tested at ICSB-OHIO),
- a permission form to collect and
freeze signed by owner of dog,
- Required photographs of the dog
will be taken by ICSB-OHIO.
also offers fresh-cooled extended semen kits. This technique
allows the bitch owner to have semen shipped to them rather than
shipping their bitches to the stud. AKC approved, fresh-cooled
semen is very successful when used under ICSB-OHIO
supervision. Semen shipped in this method must be used within
24-72 hours, so accurate estrous cycle evaluation and breeding
time determination is essential.