Put that title, then googled the sperminator bit and found that a porn film was made with the name, The sperminator, which is no surprise, a site also exists called, Sperminator which is about the anaylsing of sperm and apparently their was a fertility doctor in the USA who was known as, The Sperminator and turns out his donors were just him. We jokingly call Reggie, The Sperminator, so, to hell with it, I'm going to run with that title, sorry if any offence to it, but none was intended and if offended maybe you need to get out more often. Hopefully it made most of you laugh.
Now down to business. I thought I would pop in a blog which further answers a question I was asked in the comments by Margaret a few days ago, How many pups has Reggie fathered now ?
So for those interested in statistics your in for a treat. Reggie has fathered 13 litters. 10 of those are with our girls, all being Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and the other 3 litters are with visiting bitches, one a Cocker Spaniel which had 7 pups and the other two bitches were first cross Cavapoos and were a litter of 3 and 5.
He has had two dead pups born, one the last pup from a litter of 9 and 1 from a bitch that went into labour prematurely the other 4 pups in her litter were born healthy, both seemed fully formed when checked over and it is thought they were still born due to the placenta detaching before being born.
Altogether Reggie has fathered 80 pups from 13 litters with 78 pups born alive and viable.
78 pups divided by 13 litters means an average of 6 pups a litter. Now for the interesting bit, from our 10 litters to just Cavalier bitches, Reggie has had 65 pups with 2 still borns, so 63 born alive and viable, so divided by 10 litters gives an average litter size of 6.3 pups per litter born alive and making adulthood. As the average litter size for a Cavalier is most often quoted as around 4 pups per litter and from our own records and experience I would say that 4 pups a litter on average is about right for the Cavalier, that the cross producing 6.3 pups per litter on average is over a third more pups per litter on average, or in percentage terms, over 33 % higher average litter size with the first cross compared with average litter size for pure Cavaliers.
So the question is asked, is hybrid vigour a factor as conception takes place ?
Now to answer this question simply I am going to say,"In my opinion, yes !" and to back my deduction of this is an article I found a while ago written by Per-Erik Sundgren in July 2006 and can be found on the website PawPeds at this link http://www.pawpeds.com/pawacademy/general/naturalprotection/
I have featured this article before. Read it and hopefully you will understand that giving the egg more selection at conception is of benefit to the bitch conceiving more viable healthy pups and with this cross because the Poodle male brings in sperm that carry a higher desposition for the longer nose, we have yet to have a pup born with a nose as short as the Cavalier mother, so straight away we see natural selection away from this manmade genetic exaggeration, which we know is proving to be of detriment to the dogs quality of life. To keep extreme exaggerations that serve no purpose other than we like looking at them, when they look like that, closed off gene pools with severe selection thus lowering of genetic variations is the way to statistically get high numbers within a gene pool of dogs looking the way we desire, for example flat faced with big eyes.
So, I'm going to finish on a question, should we close off gene pools, to keep manmade genetic exaggerations in dogs that serve them no purpose other than to lower their life quality ?
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me (Jane) with Bumble and Blottie, waiting patiently to be unleashed, November 2018
Hello, I am Jane!