by RLHAR on 07 July 2020 - 10:07
Give me a moment to put on an asbestos suit.
Alright here we go.
Have you done health screening?
Yes. Hips and elbows good, DM free N/N
Have you done anything with him?
Yes. He has an IPO 2, restricted only by the inadequacy of his handler: myself. ;)
The point being I worked and trained him, learning his temperament strengths and weaknesses.
While he is 10.5 years old, he has been collected a couple of times and produced 90% live, normal sperm cells, so I have some straws frozen and will collect more this year.
I may, down the road, look for a female who would be a good match with him. As a place to start researching I’m curious and asking the company assembled for opinions on what lines would be a good place to start looking?
by Hundmutter on 07 July 2020 - 12:07
What's your target market ? Serious competition buffs ? Pet / house-guard companion people who won't put much training effort in ? Show circuit ? LE / Tracking / S&R ?
Do you care more about the working ability, and 'drives', 'grip' etc; or are you set on a dog that looks good and conforms to the Breed Standard, and that can just 'hold its own' on a training field ? Or will you want greater trainability ? Dogs that are 'good all-rounders' may never be stars, in any field; but they may still make perfect family dogs. All these points should influence what you are looking for in a female, as to get what you and your customers think will be the right type of dog ( reflecting your old boys good qualities ), you will need to double up on his good points (whether physical or temperamental) and avoid doubling up on, or bringing in, any feature you consider won't fit the picture.
All you will get from someone who tells you "The dogs of kennel 'X' are perfect for you" is what THEY like & require in a Shepherd.
by duke1965 on 07 July 2020 - 14:07
by mrdarcy on 07 July 2020 - 15:07
RLHAR, why the asbestos suit.???
by RLHAR on 07 July 2020 - 17:07
Duke I don’t want to breed dogs. I don’t want to have a female and then try to match her to a different male. I have my male, but he is in his twilight years, but I know I want and I am hoping to get a son of his for my next SAR dog.
I am simply looking for opinions about what lines appear to produce well with his lines because if nothing works out while he’s still alive, then maybe a few years down the road I will need to start searching again. I’m looking for a starting point.
by Koots on 07 July 2020 - 17:07
I think a female with Hoky would do well with your dog.
by RLHAR on 07 July 2020 - 17:07
I have thought about it. I wanted to get some ideas about possible lines, and then do some research to be able to have an educated conversation with anyone who might respond.
by duke1965 on 08 July 2020 - 04:07
by Hundmutter on 08 July 2020 - 07:07
Do you really think these comments are worth the asbestos suit ? We are just trying to help, based on what you told us.
by Rik on 08 July 2020 - 08:07
I cannot imagine any having an issue with you wanting to breed a dog that has reached this level.
I was not a particularly successful breeder, but I always tried to keep one thought in mind, do I think this breeding is moving me towards a goal I have in my mind, or is it just a crap shoot.