Semen Freezing

Upgrade and Revolutionise Your Dog’s Breeding Programme with Our Semen Freezing Service

Boasting the latest technology in canine breeding and with over 30 years of knowledge and expertise in assisted reproduction, Elite Kennel Fertility provides a leading semen freezing service, available and applicable to dog owners across every breed and discipline. 

Our semen freezing service has the potential to revolutionise your dog’s breeding programme, whilst providing the opportunity for the indefinite preservation of his breeding potential.

Semen Freezing - A Quick Overview

Also known as cryopreservation, semen freezing involves the freezing of semen to a temperature of -196 degrees Celsius. At this temperature, the sperm cells are frozen in a static but viable state and will not degrade or perish providing correct storage and handling is undertaken. Once thawed, the semen is restored to its pre-frozen form, capable of fertilisation and for some dogs, the results are comparable to that of chilled semen, when frozen, thawed and inseminated correctly.

Semen Freezing – Is It for You? 

Whether a small- or large-scale breeder, semen freezing has many benefits of interest and appeal to every stud dog owner.
 

1. Preservation of your dog’s breeding potential 

By and large one of the key advantages of frozen semen is its indefinite storage, providing for preservation of your dog’s breeding potential when he is no longer with us. Safeguarding against his unexpected loss or planning for the future, the ability to bank and indefinitely preserve semen should appeal to all stud dog owners.
 

2.Less stress for your dog and for you

i) For busy showing, competition and working dogs, semen can be taken for freezing during quieter periods, permitting a competition season uninterrupted by breeding duties.

ii) Reduced semen collection frequency – semen freezing provides an alternative/supplement to the demands of natural/chilled semen breeding regimes. Unlike the latter where the collection frequency can be as much as 6 to 7 days per week, when semen freezing, the collection frequency can be tailored to their physical needs and semen quality. The bank of semen collected can be used to aid his breeding targets, whether as a complete alternative or supplement to natural/chilled semen collections.

 

3. More efficient use of your dog’s semen

When breeding via natural methods or chilled AI, the dog’s ejaculate is dedicated to one bitch or, in the case of chilled semen, is divided between bitches according to demand with unused semen discarded after 24 hours. With frozen semen, one ejaculate can be split on average into 6-8 breeding doses which can be frozen and kept indefinitely, preventing semen wastage and permitting more efficient use of your stud dog. 
 

4.   Logistics and a worldwide market 

i) A further advantage of frozen semen is the ability to ship the semen ahead of the bitch’s planned time of requirement. Most vet practices now have frozen semen storage, enabling bitch owners to order semen weeks, if not months, in advance and so prevent the stress to all parties involved in timing semen arrival against the bitch’s cycle. 

ii) The indefinite shelf life of frozen semen providing its maintenance at -196 degrees Celsius also means it can be shipped worldwide where regulations and transport permits. This opens up the possibility of an exciting worldwide market for you and your dog – the world becomes your oyster with frozen semen.

The Service

Elite Kennel Fertility’s semen collection and freezing service includes;

  • Semen collection by our experienced team

  • Processing & freezing into 0.5ml straws in our state of the art laboratory

  • Full post thaw analysis & quality control

  • The service costs £235 + VAT

  • Once frozen the semen is transferred into our permanent storage facility, see Frozen Semen Storage & Distribution’ for more details and storage prices.


How many doses will my dog produce from one collection?

The number of doses that each dog produces is highly variable, the table below shows the estimated doses calculated using body weight.  It may be possible to carry out a supplementary collection on the same day to increase sample size, allowing for greater straw numbers.

 

Small Dog Up to 10Kgs 1+ Doses 
Medium Dog Up to 30Kgs 2+ Doses
Large Dog Up to 40Kgs 3+ Doses
Extra Large Dog 40Kgs + 4+ Doses

 

Prices

Frozen Semen Collection Fractionated semen collection, processing & freezing into 0.5ml Straws (Includes full post thaw analysis & quality control) £235.00
Supplementary Collection A second collection may be carried out from the stud dog on the same day, known as a supplementary collection.  This is then pooled with the first ejaculate to increase the volume of the sample prior to freezing, allowing for greater straw numbers. £65.00

*All prices quoted are subject to VAT @ 20%