Reproduction specialists are qualified to address reproductive issues in all species.
They can assist in any reproductive issue of dogs, cats, sheep, cattle, horses and sometimes even exotic species.
This would include managing and treating infectious diseases, assisting birth and assessing the health of the mother and neonate after a delivery.
Reproduction specialists assist breeders in achieving the best outcome of a breeding attempt.
They are not always there to assist breeding – as nature will take its course irrespective of human intervention – but they can assist in managing the breeding to prevent possible complications. Complications can include a single puppy which could result in a dystocia (difficult birth) which might put the life of the mother and pup/s at risk.
We know this is a sensitive subject with shelters overflowing with unwanted pets. Preventing over population by not breeding pedigree (or purebred) animals is not realistic. In a study conducted in the USA it was found that around 84% of the animals in shelters were mixed breeds. Responsible breeders who pour their life, soul and many, many Rands in to their passion are not the ones churning out puppies. Most of these breeders have just one or two litters a year. Many of the pups have homes before they are even born. New owners sign contracts with clauses such as returning the dog to the breeder if they can no longer keep it and having the dog sterilized to prevent any irresponsible matings.
Many owners prefer to acquire a specific purebred animal for a variety of reason such as having owned an animal of the same breed before and they identify with the personality or characteristics of the breed, or having to own a hypoallergenic dog or cat due to allergies.
Dogs are bred for specialized “jobs” like hunting dogs, police dogs, rescue dogs or dogs to assist owners with special needs like guide dogs or dogs trained to detect the imminent onset of seizures and some breeds have proven to be much better at these tasks than others.