Great information Jennifer! I wondered if it was the bitch, or the stud. Just fyi, she was 3, and we did the mating twice..I believe it was like 5 days, and 9-10 days in the cycle ( don't remember as it was several years ago!) The reason I asked was...although there was definate "interest" on the males part...we had to mount him, because he seemed rather lost about the process.. (although..I have seen a male get TOO stimulated..and mount the females HEAD..funny now..not funny then :lol: )
The other odd thing was..I did produce one additional litter..2 seasons later..and she threw 6 pups ( 2 whites..but the breeder actually took a white for a good friend of hers after we had determined there was no hearing issue ). I know Boxers are not usually really large litter breeds, and UGH..6 was PLENTY!! But we used a better bred stud ( lol..and owner), and thats why I asked, as he was 4 also, and the stud owner suggested a third mating, because of the small litter the first time. Her opinion was maybe we just caught her on a non-productive set of days, and it was a better idea to give her one additional mating.
Its good to know that the stud is not the issue in most cases..I suppose its much like women, where we have our fertile days..and days where its pointless..
I have no interest any longer of breeding ( Ashley will be spayed in May ), as I give you kudo's to the effort that goes into it, and she is SO not show quality...but thats not what I bought her for ( spaying= a responsible owner of a pet quality Boxer IMO! ) She is my baby girl..and it matters not what the papers say..just that the breeders took the time to health check!
Thanks again for the info!