When deciding on breeding dogs do you, in general, breed two dogs with the same positive characteristics or do you try and breed a dog to another that has something the first dog lacks?
FYI I'm not planning to breed any dogs any time soon!
Last edited by Bryan Parks; 11-07-2016 at 03:20 PM.
Both. You should always be breeding "up" - breed so that the pups are an improvement over the parents.
I would suggest a few things. The first and foremost is to match the attitude/temperament/training style of both parents. Thus loading the dice per say to hopefully get a consistent litter of puppies, and not as likely to have both ends of the spectrum(both drive and trainability). I also agree with breeding up to better the breed and produce a better dog than the parents. Also spend lots of time researching different pedigrees seeing which blood meshes with other. Don't be afraid to call and ask others what they think of their pup out of a particular lineage.
I breed strength to strength. In my case bidability and intelligence. Very rare, in my experience, that a weak dog produces stronger pups when bred to a dog with stronger traits. That said I do believe you can counter a dogs physical weakness by breeding to a dog that does not have the same physical weaknesses your dog has. Hope that doesn't muddy the waters.
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