|Barked: Tue Sep 4, '12 5:19pm PST |
|but there is NOTHING that tells you what the temperament is like.
You're joking... right?
First off, lets take Goldens as an example, seeing as that was the original (albeit OLD) topic.
Goldens were/are bred to retrieve birds.
You take a Golden onto the field, fire a gun a few feet away from its face, and you don't think that's testing its temperament? You send a dog into a half frozen lake and send it out on a retrieve, ask him to bring that bird back and you don't think that's testing his temperament?
I'm sorry, but you really don't understand what you're saying at all.
Inbreeding has nothing at all to do with how well a dog does in shows, or how many titles it has. Management of the COI lies in the lap of the breeder, and the BREEDER ALONE. There are breeders who care about and pay attention to it, and breeders who don't. ALL purebred dogs are inbred to some degree, so don't you dare think you're getting off the hook on the inbreeding conundrum just because your dog doesn't come from titled lines. That's an absolutely massive fallacy. ALL breeds were created with some degree of interbreeding, "breeds" as we know them couldn't exist without it, and having that Golden Retriever you love so much absolutely without a doubt COULD NOT HAPPEN without some degree of inbreeding.
A dog that does well at shows or who titles only shows how well he preforms his correct and original purpose. If your dog cannot preform the functions for which it was bred, then what is the point of continuing to breed them?
If your Golden cannot retrieve, then it shouldn't hold the name of "Retriever" and should not be bred. And forgive me for being cynical, but saying you toss a ball for him in the backyard and swear up and down he brings it back to you is NOT an objective test of his abilities, and means absolutely nothing for the long-term health and survival of the breed.
Edited by author Tue Sep 4, '12 5:22pm PST
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