|Barked: Sun May 12, '13 1:48pm PST |
|I think it's a sensibility thing, generally. As I admitted, I am basically fessing up some puritanical kneejerk with long deceased sires. I guess mostly due to the vastly disconnected generations on time lines. And I think generally, the whole "nature's will" thing. Or in the case Mulder just gave. The dog was young, so who knows really how vigorous he was or what he would have cooked up. I understand the process and decisions to store sperm from young up and comers, it's just not something I'd do personally.
If I wanted to repeat a dog in some way, I'd go for the female line. That was a very interesting moment for me, mitochondrial dna. The Bedouin breeders always weighted the sire line as important through the first two generations and no farther, while the female line they considered of significance, even fifteen generations back. So it was rather awesome when centuries later science actually supported that gut feeling in some way. Pretty awesome.
I always weight the bitch's line more heavily than the sire. The immortal filly Ruffian just rustled the grave to have a horse from her family win the Kentucky Derby all these years later (and he's by a stallion who couldn't race past his second start), so I am not changing my mind anytime soon I'd be far more likely to pursue a dog of old through his female line. I actually keep track of Pogo's female family, which is still very strong and now that Karl Fuller is passed is even more pursued, so we're good on that front. His sire or grandfather (Held, very significant) have long been outmoded by this newer and less excellent version, and even were there frozen semen on the latter, you wouldn't be breeding him to the same bitches, or with the same expertise, as produced those dogs of old.
Edited by author Sun May 12, '13 2:04pm PST
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