by Stefanalabi on 14 August 2020 - 10:08
1. Breeding for Character/Temperament as a whole alone.
2. Breeding for Structure as a whole alone.
I really need your inputs on this and if possible sources as I'm trying to improve my understanding about breeding dogs as a whole.
by Koots on 14 August 2020 - 10:08
Breeding should be about selecting dogs that are complementary and compensating each other, which requires intimate knowledge of the individual dog's genetic background - strengths and weaknesses in both character and structure - which are present not only in the 'dogs in front' but also in the 'dogs behind'. It takes years of study, questions, observations, research, etc. in order to make informed, wise choices - and a long-term 'game plan' - for a breeding program to be successful in achieving its goals.
by Rik on 14 August 2020 - 11:08
someone could consider a dog excellent for personal protection and maybe to a LE/Mil person, it's just a another dog.
same with structure, there is structure for the job, structure to pass a rating and then structure to stand at the front of the line
in an exhibition.
this is a very good question you asked and hope it gets some traction.
by Pirschgang on 14 August 2020 - 11:08
by apple on 14 August 2020 - 11:08
Physical traits are easier to breed for because they are far less subjective and training is not a factor.
by xPyrotechnic on 14 August 2020 - 12:08
by Hired Dog on 14 August 2020 - 12:08
I also believe that temperament is much harder to breed for and just in case, I mean solid temperament.
by Stefanalabi on 14 August 2020 - 15:08
My question came out of curiosity to learn more about genetics of dog breeding and how successful breeders have selected certain traits consistently for decades. Especially the typical working dog breeders, how they selected dogs that have drives for certain jobs and hardness in each generation.
How easy or hard can it be if all they have to think about alone is physical features like size, pigmentation, good fronts, hindquarters etc instead of focusing on strong working character.
So, my standard about Character is actually real working character. Like the character that makes a GSD an all round versatile working dog.
As opposed to someone looking into ONLY breeding dogs that'll "Stand in front of the line at show exhibitions"
by apple on 14 August 2020 - 15:08
by ValK on 14 August 2020 - 15:08
there aren't "a GSD an all round versatile working dog".
versatile is a GSD breed in which bloodlines can be developed with emphasis toward this or that certain tasks