by generic on 13 December 2020 - 10:12
In not to distant future I'll be looking for a WL male pup and am having a hard time to discern which breeders in Europe should I even be looking at at this point. Stability of the dog is of the utmost importance, it must be safe around children. Best possible nerves as well and an off-switch.
I do intend on titling it in IGP but it's much more important that the dog can be a part of the familiy, meaning that it can tag along to most places. I'm not looking for a "points" dog, at least not that much that I'd be willing to sacrifice stability or nerves, just one that can be titled. Dog will live with us, he must be able to be a part of the family. I realise it's not all on the dog but why set yourself up to fail?
So, I'd like for it to have the right drives with a bit higher threshold. My current dog is very much prey driven and thankfully good with kids. His threshold could be higher, though. If a stick is picked up the game is on. A bit dog reactive as well.
I appreciate all and every input, even if you'll just share your experience with your dog in a family setting. It's not always easy juggling driven dogs and young kids. I'd love to hear from those with top dogs for sport and how they manage them "off field".
I kind of feel like I should state that I'm not looking for a low drive and pet only dog. Again: I'm set on titling him. As driven as my current dog is and god know it can sometimes be pain in the behind I wouldn't trade it for a lower drive dog. Even though I'm far from a pro I find that drive a great tool.
Sorry for all the typos.
by Q Man on 13 December 2020 - 10:12
Genetics are one thing and a must but Training and Raising a dog with your demands is another...
If you'd get a dog that I like it might not be a good fit for you...It might just be a pain in the butt...but it's what I like and demand...
Are you thinking about getting a puppy or young adult or an adult...Each has their positives and negatives...Not everyone has the ability and knowledge to raise a puppy for the work and to be able to live with them as well...
Let me know more about what you're demands and experience is and I'd try to help you find a good breeder...
You're welcome to PM me if you'd like...
by ValK on 13 December 2020 - 12:12
if so, then perhaps to begin with you need to make a list of so call "old school" breeders, who was involved in breeding as far back as 70s-80s, had experience in regard of requirements of that era and do still loyal to that "outdated" practice and not been drawn into heavy commercialization of today's breeding.
secondly you should understand, even if you get luck to get in touch with such breeder, it's not the end of story.
because of rarity of such type, there will be not only you, who in search of that kind of dog. thus be ready to compete with others (most likely breeders or official institutions) for right to buy that dog.
that gonna be quite a task to complete.
by generic on 13 December 2020 - 13:12
I guess what I wanted to say is that I'm looking for a stable dog that I can title. Like I said I currently have a very prey driven dog that wants for nothing in terms of mental stimulation. Tracking, obedience, running, playing fetch, ...
So, stable would be the key word. Not a dog bred for extreme drives with nerves that can't handle them.
Yeah, kind of what ValK said. Thank you.
by Koots on 13 December 2020 - 15:12
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by Jenni78 on 14 December 2020 - 19:12
by generic on 15 December 2020 - 10:12
Would you please expand a bit on your foundation female in your current stud? What are they like?