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Semen donation and establishment of an open canine semen bank : a novel tool to prevent inbreeding in pedigree dogs

  • Domain, Guillaume
  • Wydooghe, Eline
  • Broeckx, Bart
  • Hoogewijs, Maarten
  • Van Soom, Ann
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2019
Ghent University Institutional Archive
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At present, only 5% of pedigree dogs is being used for breeding. To increase the number of breeding dogs, one solution could be to start a canine semen bank based on the principle of semen donation, like in humans. Many dog owners have no desire to become dog breeders but are willing to preserve the genetic material of their dog, if offered this possibility. However, not all canine ejaculates are suitable for cryopreservation as the initial quality may differ and the resistance of sperm cells to survive the freezing procedure is highly variable. In order to freeze the semen of as many male dogs as possible, it is important to optimize and individualize the cryopreservation protocol per ejaculate. Practically, frozen semen can be stored in the Canlfreeze-semen bank or in veterinary practices adjacent to the owner of the bitch and can be used for insemination at a later time.

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