A random query by a visitor to Little Rascals’ Facebook page resulted in a claim that they (and/or their suppliers) use artificial insemination:
Artificial Insemination is not particularly unusual any more among genuine Pedigree dog breeders. In recent years, with the mass producing of dogs, it has become more common among registered breeders as the gene pool of most recognised breeds has become increasingly weakened.
However, if correctly and humanely done, it is (should be) an expensive and specialised procedure undertaken by a qualified vet. Given Little Rascals’ refusal to undertake even basic health screening in their dogs, it’s highly unlikely they are following ethical practices if the claim that they use AI is true.
Alarmingly, if Little Rascals’ “sister kennels” (i.e. Paddy Dooley) in Ireland use AI, it’s anyone’s guess if the procedure is undertaken by a qualified vet, bearing in mind all details of those kennels remain deliberately hidden.
Artificial Insemination should be carried out by a vet. Although the procedure is not difficult, usually only specialised vets will undertake to do it, and this is because, if done incorrectly, it can be distressing and intrusive for the bitch – semen is inserted through the cervix into the uterus by using an endoscope, allowing the vet to see the cervix and insert a catheter.
The alternative to AI, if a bitch rejects a male, is the practice of forcibly holding her down or placing her in a ‘breeding stand’ (i.e. rape frame or rape rack), because it is a common misconception that all bitches in heat are receptive to any stud dog of the breeder’s choosing.
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