Did you know there is a market for sperm from show-winning dogs? I didn’t either, but there is and it ain’t cheap. Bloomberg Business says that Jere Marder, who breeds Old English Sheep Dogs, is selling her dead dog’s sperm for $2,000 a pop. That’s right, dead. Lambluv Desert Dancer, Yoshi, won 64 Best in Show awards and passed away in 2006. Even though he’s been gone for over 7 years, he left a little bit of himself behind. OK, a lot of himself behind because his master still has over 100 straws aka sperm specimens left.
Marder isn’t the only who does this, according to the American Kennel Club 2,200 litters from sperm donors have been registered with them.
While those 2,200 litters went smoothly, there have been cases where they didn’t. Just like with humans, there are times when things can wrong. Bloomberg says that in 2009, a Corgi breeder claims that her dog almost died giving birth because the dog got the sperm of Great Pyrenees, a much bigger dog. Then there are samples that didn’t travel well or were accidentally defrosted.
Still want to make sure your dog gets a purebred’s winning junk, then check out International Canine Semen Bank, they work with 50 animal hospitals around the world.
Just when you thought Sperm Banks were icky, comes news that their Sperm Banks for dogs. Wonder if the bitches donate their eggs too? I will stop there because it is all too much to contemplate.
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