Poor semen quality in Irish wolfhounds: A clinical, hormonal and spermatological study

M. Dahlbom, M. Andersson, G. Huszenicza, M. Alanko

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On the basis of clinical observations, Irish wolfhounds were suspected as being subject to a relatively high incidence of soft testicular consistency and low semen quality. Thirty‐seven Irish wolfhounds and 67 dogs of other breeds (control group) were therefore examined. Conventional andrological studies were performed in both groups, these included libido testing, palpation and measurement of testes and semen evaluation. Semen evaluation was performed both manually and by videomicrographic analysis. Testosterone concentrations were measured both before and after human chorionic gonadotropin challenge in the Irish wolfhounds. The Irish wolfhounds had lower libidos than the control group. More Irish wolfhounds (21‐2 per cent) exhibited low semen quality than the control group (6‐1 per cent). Soft testicular consistency occurred more frequently in Irish wolfhounds (25‐7 per cent) than in the control group (10‐5 per cent). In the control group, bodyweight correlated significantly with total sperm count. Serum testosterone concentration did not correlate with semen quality parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)547-552
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Small Animal Practice
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1995

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  • Small Animals

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