|Barked: Wed Nov 28, '12 3:55pm PST |
|Toto knows of what she speaks. It takes a while to learn good structure. And really, until your eye is trained for structure, you should refrain from breeding as you don't have the eye for it. Such as in how to correct that shoulder, or better that ear set and so on. It is something that sounds really easy, but taking one good looking dog and breeding it to another good looking dog can result in a dog that's a structural mess. Good mentorship helps, also maybe going to shows, examining win photos and such and figuring things out. Why did this dog get put up? You should be able to look at any dog and see the faults, because no dog is perfect. Every dog has points that can be improved. That trained eye would make you a MUCH better breeder, and when you are looking at a breed so heavy, structural correction is all the more important.
Also, you should involve yourself in activities to get to know drives and personalities better. You need to understand the balances to be a good breeder also. And that's pretty exciting stuff, too. A fun learning experience, and if you do decide to go ahead and breed, you'll be a lot more discerning, and end up with these awesome sound temperaments, and good drives too, so you are not only breeding porch potatoes, you know?
I think anyone who breeds should have performance titled a dog, just because you understand then better how the pieces of personality and temperament come together.
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