Success Stories

These are some of the wonderful photos you have sent us of the puppies produced after inseminations with frozen-thawed, shipped-chilled or fresh semen at Glenbred. We would like to thank all of our clients who have kindly provided these photos for our "Glenbred Family Photo Album". We always love to receive photos not only of your puppies but also the very important bitches and stud dogs that allow us to produce such wonderful canines!!

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An astonishing litter of 17 as a result of a Natural Timed mating

The lovely Alice delivered this litter after a Natural Timed mating. The specialist team at GlenBred helped to create this litter by identifying the ovulation timing, we also got to confirm Alice’s pregnancy by ultrasound and delivered the puppies via caesarean.

Well done to Alice’s human’s for the fantastic job they have done, we know that enormous litter is in great hands and Alice will have heaps of love and support to raise her puppies.

… and the winner of Best In Show was Ella, a GlenBred puppy

GlenBred attended the Blackhawk National Dog Show – Dogz NZ held in Auckland in October 2017 and are thrilled to announce the winner is a GlenBred puppy.

A massive Congratulations to the team at Kool Runnings Kennels on their big win with CH KOOLRUNNINGS SUMMER-SHADOW. we are all so happy for you.

GlenBred were not only very happy to be one of the sponsors of this prize but they were very proud of GlenBred puppy Ella.

Ella was a result of a Fresh TCI with Indy & Trip completed by the specialist team at GlenBred back in 2015.

Well done to everyone that took part at the Nationals it was great to watch our clients (future clients) and puppies out doing what they love.






GlenBred Assists The Police Dog Training Centre to produce more Police Dogs

Success again for The NZ Police Dog Training Centre and breeding bitch Abby. Abby whelped this delightful litter of 8 after a Fresh TCI at GlenBred with stud dog Valko.

GlenBred is proud to work very closely with the NZ Police Dog Training Centre offering specialist advice/skills/services and support to growing the future of NZ’s Police Dogs.

International Export of Frozen Semen Results In A Litter at GlenBred

Congratulations Shantar Tabitha Twitchett (Tia) & Asanti Tefibo Design (Asanti) on the arrival of 6 perfect Poodle (Standard) puppies whelped December 2016 after 2 TCI’s with Frozen thawed-semen.

The specialist team at GlenBred had lots of involvement in this litter from importing the semen from Europe, completing the ovulation timing for AI, completing 2 TCI’s (the beauty of TCI vs surgery) and confirmation the pregnancy by ultrasound).

Fiona attends International Symposium on Canine and Feline Reproduction

Fiona recently attended the International Symposium on Canine and Feline Reproduction in Paris (held every 4 years). She presented a poster on AMH levels in bitches and how we can use this hormone to predict the fertility of individual bitches, this was well received. A full peer reviewed paper will be published in the proceedings later this year, which is very exciting.
Fiona caught up with many colleagues from all over the world. It was fantastic to exchange ideas and experiences. This information helps us to continue to provide the best advice for all our clients. Fiona made great contacts and a number of new collaborative clinical research projects are already getting underway. Unfortunately, there was not much time left for shopping but she did manage to buy a new pair of shoes!

Epididymal Sperm Success (again!)

We are very excited to share our recent success after TCI with epididymal sperm from ‘Teddy’ the Hungarian Vizla.

Dr Jasmin Hyatt performed two transcervical inseminations on ‘Minty’ using epididymal sperm from stud dog ,‘Teddy’. Teddy was over 8 years old and was unable to have ejaculated semen collected, so harvesting of epidiymal sperm was the only chance of continuing his valuable genetic lines. His older age negatively affected the quality of his epididymal sperm, however to the delight of her owner Minty conceived one pup after TCI with his frozen-thawed epididymal semen!

Here is Minty’s gorgeous pup, named ‘Qaali’, delivered by C section at Matamata Veterinary Services earlier this year. Her name means ‘Beyond Price’ in Somalian – a perfect name for this bundle of joy. Congratulations Minty!


Epididymal semen is collected directly from the testicle (or more accurately from the tail of the epididymis, which is where semen is stored prior to ejaculation). Epididymal sperm is considered ‘immature’, however it still has fertilising capability. The reported pregnancy rates after using ‘frozen-thawed’ epididymal sperm are not as high as with ejaculated frozen-thawed semen, but is similar to ejaculated frozen semen in that its success depends on the age of the dog when the semen is collected and the dog’s inherent fertility. If an ejaculate can be collected from a dog and then frozen, this is the preferred option. However there are many situations when this cannot occur, so collection of epididymal sperm after castration or sadly after a sudden or tragic death of a genetically and emotionally valuable dog.

Fiona’s Advice Saved Valuable Breeding Queen in the UK

GlenBred’s Reproduction Specialist Fiona Hollinshead’s advice saved valuable breeding queen in the UK.

Dei Amor Felini Bellezza (Bella), a blue shorthair Somali was born in Germany.

She was imported into the UK to increase the gene pool there since Bella has a diverse pedigree from all over Europe & Scandinavia. Bella had previously had one litter.

Bella settled very well into her new home in Somerset in the UK. However on evening of 18th August 2015 it was noticed that she had a yellowish vaginal discharge. She was taken to her local vet the following morning who suspected an open pyometra (an infection in her uterus) and advised desexing her immediately. Her owner refused to do this immediately and wanted to look into whether there were any other treatment options that would allow her to still breed in the future.

Her owner contacted her feline specialist friend in Australia, Dr Andrea Harvey who quickly found out the medical treatment details to try and save Bell’s breeding future. Thank fully Dr Fiona Hollinshead had written a recent article on the medical management of feline pyometra in CVE’s Control & Therapy, which Dr Richard Malik from CVE was able to quickly supply and email it to Bella’s owner and her local vets in the UK. Fiona was also contacted and very helpfully provided further advice along the way.

Bella’s local vets in the UK followed Fiona’s advised treatment protocol. Bella remained happy throughout the duration of her daily injections until the mucky vulval discharge had resolved.

Bella started calling on 20th Sept and was mated 3 times with a young silver boy Tajura Monte Amor. Ultrasound showed her uterus to be normal at this time.

There was very exciting news with Bella confirmed pregnant 3 weeks later. On the 23rd November she gave birth to 4 beautiful kittens.

Bella’s owner was so grateful for the treatment advice from the other side of the world, that enabled Bella to have these kittens, that she named the kittens Andrea, Harvey, Fiona and Richard!

First TCI in South Africa a success….

Congratulations to Colin Bohler and his beautiful girl, Alexsis and her gorgeous pups.

Alexsis’s pups are the result of the first TCI performed at The Veterinary School at Onderstepoort University, Pretoria, South Africa. The TCI was carried out under the guidance of Dr Fiona Hollinshead who was invited to South Africa to help set up and teach TCI to the clinicians, professors and students at the vet school. Alexsis’s owner, Mr Colin Bohler, a prominent breeder of bull terriers and author of Bull Terriers of South Africa From 1860-1999 by Colin Bohler” is thrilled with the method and results, “Here with the photo of Alexsis puppies we are so excited”…

Fiona spends a week in South Africa

Fiona spent a week in South Africa in late July at Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital,  Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria , Onderstepoort, South Africa.

She was invited by the hospital director to be the external examiner for   two of their students completing their MMedVet degree in clinical Animal Reproduction.  Fiona was also invited to teach a number of the Professors, veterinarians and students the  non invasive transcervical insemination (TCI) process using the new TCI endoscope that we also use at Glenbred.

Fiona was very fortunate to be a guest of lovely professors and veterinarians that work at Onderstepoort  who spoilt her by taking her to ‘Pilaneseerg national park’ where she saw many wildlife species in their natural habitat-it was an amazing experience.

MVS helps lead the blind (The Scene by Caron)

Ask Rosemary Locke what her dog Yazz provides her and the answer is summed up in a four letter word – Life!
Freedom, independence and confidence are things most of us take for granted but for many blind and partially sighted people across the country, they can be an impossible luxury without the assistance of the Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind guide dog program.

There are currently around 240 guide dogs in service throughout the country and given the waiting list of around 40 RNZFB members, the need to continue the guide dog breeding program is obvious. What many may not know is that Matamata can take a little credit in this process thanks to Dr Fiona Hollinshead, a reproduction specialist at Matamata Veterinary Services Ltd.

Back in the 1980s Dr Marion Wilson founded GlenBred and has been internationally recognized with her groundbreaking work in the development of the endoscopic transcervical insemination (TCI) technique. GlenBred was relocated to Matamata in 2005 with Fiona taking over the running of a new facility in 2007. Using Dr Wilson’s TCI technique, over 1,000 bitches have been successfully inseminated at the Matamata clinic since.

In simple terms what this means is that brood bitches are mated with stud dogs artificially using frozen thawed semen and in some cases, chilled and fresh semen. “This technique guarantees the infinite survival of irreplaceable genetic lines” says Fiona, “and is especially valuable when breeding specialist dogs such as guide or police dogs for example.” Timing is extremely important but while in standing heat, the procedure is very simple and doesn’t even require sedation. “We have an extremely successful pregnancy rate” says Fiona, “and access to some of the best genetics and lines from top performing animals around the world. It gives us a great deal of satisfaction knowing we can help breeding programmes such as the RNZFB.”

At the RNZFB breeding centre a specialized panel look at lines, performance and breeding values before stud dogs, or semen, are selected. After insemination bitches are scanned one month later to determine pregnancy. They then return to the Breeding Centre for whelping two months after the insemination. At approximately eight weeks of age, puppies are placed with volunteer puppy walkers as part of the puppy development programme. Puppy walkers socialize the young dog and introduce it to situations it will face as a RNZFB guide dog. At around 12 months of age puppies return for six months intensive training. They are assessed on personality and temperament traits, health aspects and guiding tasks before being placed with blind or partially sighted recipients. Generally the working life of a guide dog is eight to 10 years before they are retired – often becoming much loved family pets.

Picture: Dr Fiona Hollinshead, Matamata Veterinary Services Ltd reproduction specialist, is pictured with puppies that are the result of a successful insemination using the TCI technique.