|Barked: Mon Nov 22, '10 6:43am PST |
|*Yikes* Whatever reflection you read about them being mixed for years as field dogs is a bunch of hooha slick salesmanship. Crossing retrievers/setters certainly was done way back in the day (going back a century) and is oft assumed to be contributory to the deeper reds of the Golden. However, most historians credit the Gordon as the more likely setter "type," which has those deep mahogany markings and is more in keeping with Tweedmouth's program generally, as they as setters work closer to the handler than setter types to typically. The Irish is the converse.....the most free spirited of the setters with the least biddability. Bear in mind, too, that back then retrievers were in "development" whilst nowadays are very well seated, the perfection achieved distancing themselves from setters, who unlike retrievers are lesser biddable and handler-keyed.
The CONCERN with this cross is the differences in temperament/balances and, critically, the extremely disconcerting history of the Irish Setter when indiscriminately bred. There was a period in history when the Irish shot way up in popularity and, along with the Collie, it ranks as two of the most disastrous popularity surges in dogdom. Character on the dogs broke down terribly and the dogs were insufferable, and health concerns skyrocketed to where it was a huge struggle simply to salvage the breed.
Given that on top of this BYB Goldens in recent years have been showing more and more personality breakdown, this is one of the "shake a test tube and see what explodes" pieces of insanity.
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