|Maximum # of Litters & Puppies for Males - An International Perspective
There was recently a conversation in the ISAA Breeding Review and Compliance Committee (BRCC) that
we thought might be of interest to this group. The question arose from one of our breeders as to how we
count the number of puppies and the number of litters for a male. The answer was that we count all litters and
all puppies sired by the male toward the maximum number of eight (8) litters and fifty (50) puppies allowed by
our ISAA rules. (That rule has been the subject of discussion in the BRCC as it differs significantly from the
Icelandic Sheepdog International Cooperation (ISIC) recommendation and in the Health Bulletin survey a few
months ago. Most recommended to lower the number allowed.)
Another question was whether litters sired in another country would count toward the maximum. The answer
was yes they do. The breeder understood from (unmentioned) contacts in Europe, particularly Norway and
Germany, that litters in other countries do not count toward the country maximum. This is where is our
participation in ISIC really pays off and opens doors. Because we now have contacts with all of the clubs and
breeding committees through our participation in ISIC, we could ask the breeding commitee representatives
of each national club in each country to answer the questions.
Each country responded that the ISIC guidelines is thirty five (35) puppies and that they adhere to that
guideline as best they can. Iceland pointed out that they rarely have males sire litters in other countries. They
also pointed out that any males who sires more than twenty six (26) puppies in Iceland is considered a
responded that they have no rule about the number of puppies but that a male is only allowed to sire eight (8)
litters. These litters can be all in Germany or from a combination of countries but there can be no more than
eight (8) total for the male. Examples included: eight (8) litters in Germany, four (4) in Germany, two (2) in
The Netherlands and two (2) in Demark, or eight (8) all in foreign countries. In each case, the male would not
be approved for further use.
shared that the DKK (equivalent to AKC) uses a number that is genreally between 30-35 puppies. They
explained that the number can vary a bit year by year, depending on the number of puppies born that year.
The IF (equivalent to ISAA) has chosen to follow the ISIC recommendation of thirty five (35) puppies for
males and twenty five (25) for females no matter whether the puppies are born in Denmark or another country.
In Sweden, it is the male's owner's responsibility not to overuse the dog. They allow twenty five (25) puppies
or five (5) litters born in Sweden and follow the ISIC recommendation of no more that thirty five (35) puppies
or seven (7) litters internationally (so that would include all puppies born in other countries as well as Sweden).
In Holland, a male is allowed a maximum of four (4) litters in the country and may have litters in other
countries up to a mximum of thirty five (35) puppies total. After he reaches that number, he is to no longer be
Prior to September of 2008, males were allowed to sire a maximum of five (5) litters and a maximum of
twenty five (25) puppies in Norway. They were aware that some breeders decided that meant they could also
have five litters in other countries but this was not correct. In September of 2008, the regulation was changed
and clarified by the NIHK (Norweigan equivalent to AKC). Since then, a male may only sire twenty (20)
puppies in Norway. They may be used in other countries until they reach the ISIC international maximum of
thirty five (35) puppies.
We hope you find this information as interesting and useful as we do. Cultural and language differences makes
it sometimes difficult to understand what other countries allow. This is one of the reasons the ISIC is so
important. They provide a common meeting ground and have created a common understanding among the
countries. It is good to know that we are all doing the best we can to preserve the cultural heritage of the