Wednesday, November 14, 2007

What are people breeding for, and how are they proving dogs are breedable?

Q3. What are people breeding for, and how are they proving dogs are breedable?

Ancient GR: A3. Ultimately Bandogge's are bred for CQB. Proof can only be provided by people/organizations that specialize in that area. (Real life could also provide some proof that a particular dog is breed-worthy).

DanUK: One of the key issues that differentiates the Bandogge from traditional working breeds and other Bull-Mastiff breeds is that whilst the overriding function and composition/disposition is generally the same, the very fact that the Bandogge path has been trodden, means that the breeder(s) proliferating a line, do so with a unique and personal interpretation of what it is they wish to produce and obtain from a dog. To this end, whilst phenotype may be largely consistent between lines, there regularly will be differences in the end product, which also leads directly on to answer question nine.

Katrina Hartwell AU: An average sized, healthy, all purpose dog, stable yet protective, trainable, athletic, easygoing. A dog without dog aggression, handler aggression and one with not just longevity, but a long working life.

My pups are tested at 5 weeks, 6 months, 12 months and 18 months. They must prove themselves stable and able to cope with stress. Brood stock are purposely under socialised and still expected to behave as if they were exposed to everything early. Any dog that has any unwanted qualities is re-homed where it can use its strengths. Dogs are expected to be able to live amongst other dogs and stock, small children and anything else I chose. They need to prove their ability to hunt and catch and to protect in a strange situation. Most are worked way beyond this.

MaTi US: People are breeding for everything you can imagine physically and psychologically. Some people prove their dogs are breedable by color and size, some prove it by how much they paid, some by the titled parents… others by the titled offspring.