|PROTOCOL FOR DEALING
WITH BREEDERS FOR STUD SERVICE
1. Introduce yourself with a phone call. It's
more personal than a letter or an email. Do it
well in advance of your bitch coming in season.
Tell them who you are, what dogs you have and
their origin. Don't badmouth your dogs breeder
even if you have reason for bad feelings between
you. If you are making the decisions about
breeding your bitch on your own be sure to let
the breeder know. Ask if they would consider
providing stud service, and if so, ask what the
terms would be. Explain approximately WHEN you
would need stud service. Mention if it's your
first litter of Frenchies, and if you have
experienced Frenchie people close by to assist
be sure to let them know that as well. Answer
any questions politely and openly.
2. Stud service is at the whim of the owner of
the stud dog. If you don't like the terms, you
thank the person and go elsewhere. If you try to
negotiate them down, they will cut you off, and
perhaps even badmouth you to other breeders. To
try to negotiate the terms down is considered
the worst of bad breeder etiquette.
3. When time gets close, set up the logistics.
Shipping chilled semen? Meeting at the vet?
Whatever it takes. Sign a stud service contract
if the breeder requires it. (Make sure you have
a copy to keep!) Pay the money. Whatever is
4. Don't be intimidated by formidable stud
service contracts. They are all designed with
the purpose of putting the onus on the owner of
the bitch. If something goes wrong, the stud
owner doesn't want to be held liable. The best
thing to do is smile and sign. ONE THING YOU
SHOULD LOOK FOR IN A STUD CONTRACT: WHAT HAPPENS
IF THE BITCH DOESN'T TAKE. You need a repeat
breeding if she doesn't. Other than that, don't
expect anything. And if she doesn't take the
second time, you are normally out of luck. Also,
most of the terms will put the bulk of the
expenses on YOU. Don't take offense. That's
standard practice. If semen is to be collected,
you pay. If it's shipped, you pay. And of
course, you pay for the insemination or implant.
5. Make sure AFTER the breeding to keep the
stud owner informed of progress, as a courtesy.
And if all comes out successfully, send pictures
and praise the stud dog.
6. If things don't go well, don't burn your
bridges. You might need this person sometime in
7. At no point, in any dealings, should you lose