Our dogs can be retired for many reasons. I am not really interested in standing boys at stud, nor am I really open to just allowing them to be used by anyone except those I know very well. It is much harder to live with intact boys when you have cycling girls. We retire dogs based on age, whether or not they whelp easy, how they care for their babies, what they produce (coat style, good shoulders, health etc.) As a small breeder I don’t want to acquire too many dogs. We want our care for them to be excellent. Also when we place dogs, we prefer they not be too old so they can live a long life with their new family. We care about our dogs. Each of them holds a special place to us.