Fantastic answers, thankyou very much ladies!
I'll give you a little more infomation on the dogs in hand so it may make more sense, 2 dogs are being considered, both Foxfire dogs so i would hope that Michelle knows a thing or 2. Have been in touch with the labs that she uses and from what I understand semen is checked for quality before, I think one of the dogs has sired a number of litters by AI before the other i am not so sure of.
The bitch they are hoping to mate has had one litter before, it was a singleton but this was due to owner error with time of mating as there was another girl in the house in season at the same time who caused them to be confused over which bitch the dog was screaming for! Even though they mated her on normal day, i cant recall if blood work was done, at her scan the lady who does it said she was mated too early and she had conceived on day 20.
We have this vet as a repro specialist, Veterinary Reproduction Service Cambridge/Uk,small animal reproduction,Angelika von Heimendahl
I had the pleasure of going to one of her seminars and it was brilliant. She does it day in day out and she is only about 3/4 hours away which is fine. without a doubt the leading person on it in the country.
This is something of great interest to me as well as honestly I am finding it harder and harder to find males that I like and we are at a bot of a bottleneck gene pool wise at the moment. The expenses for importing semen are no different than driving on to the continent. I have a litter planned for mid/end of next year which is going in quiet tight and the result for that i would then be looking to go out again.. looking over seas is most likely the best way to go!
Will obviously pass all this info on to my friends, they want the best for their girl, they also want a stunning litter (dont we all!) and will be keeping from this litter too.