With the growing use of artificial insemination and frozen semen in dog breeding, the level of predictability and odds of fertile matings for any breed of dogs is currently unknown. The objective of Dr. Meyer's study is to determine the relationship of sperm characteristics to pregnancy outcome in a large population of a single breed of valuable service dogs (Labrador Retrievers) in which semen characteristics and known fertility has been tracked for a number of years. Researchers will collect semen samples from 35 Labrador Retriever stud dogs and determine a wide array of semen quality measures. Semen collections will be obtained twice weekly from each of two different males (4 dogs per week) at Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, CA. Semen will be evaluated at UC Davis using computer-assisted semen analysis, flow cytometry and brightfield and fluorescence microscopy.

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