|Barked: Sat Jul 7, '12 5:53pm PST |
|"I can never figure out why people get stuck on 'show ring champion' as a gauge on if a dog is breedable.. I mean average public not breeders themselves exactly. But Seriously depending on what breed or job you're looking for a dog for show ring could be less than useless for your cause. "
You could not be further from the truth. The OP is looking for a working breed dog. A good breeder who produces a dog that is a true example of the breed will have highly alert, intelligent dogs, that require an insane amount of exercise and training. These dogs are meant to go all day every day. Any breeder who promises laid back dogs who just want to be couch potatoes is intentionally breeding out very important breed traits. If you don't want the breed traits associated with a dog then the breed is not a good match for you.
A mutt is exactly that, a mutt. It has a mishmash of physical and personality traits. Each dog needs to be evaluated as an individual. HOWEVER, a breed is supposed to have set physical and personality traits. I should be able to walk up to any lab and find an intelligent, calm, alert dog with a great drive, innate love for water, a soft mouth, a desire to please, a ground covering stride, and conformation suitable for covering long distances.
That is why it is a BREED. An unbalanced, hyper, dumb lab who hates water and has no drive is a failure. It is poor example of the breed and under no circumstances should the genes be based on. That does not mean the dog can't be a great pet but it isn't breeding quality.
The world will always have oops dogs from unplanned litters and average quality dogs that come from good breeders. There is no place for average breeders who intentionally breed dogs who do not possess the breed traits. A breeder who promises whippets with no prey drive to sell is intentionally creating a poor example of the breed. A good breeder who has a "dud" can responsibly place the dog lacking drive with a pet home. A good breeder finds a suitable home and knows that no matter how sweet, or cute, or fun the whippet is it should not be breed because it does not have an important traits that all sight-hounds possess, drive. Huge difference in intention.
A good breeder should have scrupulous business practices and the highest standards.
Every breeder I have worked with has met all of the criteria I listed and then some. These are also the type of people who will rehome dogs from previous litters if the owner's circumstances change. This can be a great opportunity to get an amazing dog that's already had the foundation work put in.
OP. If you really want a specific breed then you should seek out the best breeder possible who is breeding a true example of the breed. If you just want a large, athletic, dog then why not go to a shelter or go through a breed specific rescue?