We must also read the breed standard and understand the essential aspects to educate the eye and obtain the know-how to identify an excellent specimen and differentiate it from an inferior one.
Having a keen eye for dogs is an essential ability, to see a dog overall and to recognise quality, balance, and correctness in a breed. Some owners don’t have a “good eye” for dogs. Despite studying their breed standard, they are still unable to properly evaluate the dogs they breed. Therefore they are oblivious to the defects of their dogs.
When selecting a puppy, or stud dogs for our female, we must avoid giving so much importance to a single characteristic that it damages the personality of the dog as a whole. Although many breeders try to emphasise the excellence of an entire dog and reflect this in the stud fee, it is part of human nature to enhance the strongest characteristics. One breeder may be a perfectionist on fronts and some others on back or head lines.
The appropriate thing is to select stud dogs by evaluating them in their entirety, looking for proportion and symmetry, correct movement, absence of serious defects in the fine points that make the breed and to which the standard grants the highest number of points (nose, skull, jaw, shoulders, back, etc.).
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There are many hereditary diseases that can affect a breed, but responsible breeding has gradually eliminated them, however, people who breed without planning are the ones who keep these undesirable genes in their dogs and whoever buys them is the one who pays the consequences of reproducing irresponsibly.
Experienced breeders should advise the new breeder to reproduce only for the improvement of the breed in search of physical perfection, and especially healthy specimens. Remember when it comes to considering the stud fee that cheap is expensive, to acquire a premium dog or cross a female, the most important thing is to go with specialized and prestigious breeders. To obtain a premium specimen, expect to pay a healthy stud fee when you sign a stud dog contract.
Most expert breeders agree on three important considerations for selecting a stud dog for a breeding program.
- Structure as close as possible to the ideal, without forgetting temperament and movement.
- Pedigree quality, which informs us if the stud dog has valuable genes available. If we study the pedigree of the great stars of the present and the past, we will notice that these specimens are not normally the product of chance or accidents, but of the inheritance of good genes.
- Consistent progeny should be the first consideration in selecting a stud dog. It is the ability to consistently produce superior quality puppies. The consistency of a stud dog or its proven ability to produce better than average puppies is a virtue for which there are no substitutes.
On the other hand, if the stud dog under consideration apparently has a single defect that has prevented him from succeeding in competition, either show or track, and possesses many qualities, the breeder must decide, based on the known genetic information of the pedigree and the quality of the offspring produced, whether to do use it in their breeding plan or not.
If the stud dog produces its qualities without producing its defect, it might still be an excellent candidate even if it is not successful in the arena.
There is no valid reason to skimp on resources in breeding purebred dogs or to breed mediocrity. The ethical breeder will be happy to pay a good price for a successful and genetically valuable stud that will help them take a great step towards obtaining an excellent quality specimen in the breed. At the same time the stud owner will need to set a stud fee high enough, but fair, to protect the breed from dog sellers looking for great dogs for stud, not to improve the breed, but only to obtain puppies of higher value but without any breed planning.
Year after year, new dogs and blood combinations appear that continually increase the available breeding material. Studying new animals and their progeny is a good way to keep abreast of existing breeding resources. But when considering crossing a bitch, there are other details to consider as well.
Establish a breeding plan
Analyse the female
Choose a stud that complements the characteristics of the female
Personal evaluation of the stud
Direct contact with the animal teaches virtues and defects that no photograph reflects. Palpating the dogs allows a comparison of their structures. At first, this does not say much, but you have to persevere because it is something that you can only learn through practice.
Consult other breeders
Other people’s opinions must be weighed carefully. The competition between breeding services is intense, so don’t believe everything said by all stud owners. However, when the same comment is heard from a few people it is worth checking. Owners of bitches who have used the same stud are a good source of information. Unfortunately, rumours and gossip are always very abundant. If you have made a careful assessment of your bitch’s defects, talk to the stud owner and ask if they think their dog would help eliminate them. If the dog has been used many times as a stud or if the owner is familiar with the genetic line, he will be in a position to provide a satisfactory answer.