There are plenty of good looking dogs at field trials that don't look like whippets. My two cents. I, for one, get more enjoyment out of running a trial with a dog that somewhat looks like a lab.
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So you get a pup that doesn't have the classic otter tail. What do you do? Neuter it and give it away?
On the other hand, if I'm selecting breeding stock, I'm looking at the "whole dog". This includes conformation, health, performance, disposition, pedigree, and a number of other traits.
As someone noted here, there's no such thing as a perfect dog. But if I choose to breed a litter, I have to have a vision of what type of dog I'm trying to produce. For me, many outstanding performers are disqualified by conformation issues. Many dogs who are closer to my conformational ideal may not have the talent or trainability I'm looking for.
Some seem to think that one must choose between breeding acceptable conformation or breeding for talent. I don't believe that is necessarily true.
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And that is the problem! Many snobby posters on here constantly play the "Mr. Perfect" card all the time. " Shouldn't breed if no health, shouldn't breed if not gonna run contests, shouldnt breed if not tons of titles, labs are no good if no ribbons" etc etc. Yet a labrador that looks like husky mixed with a greyhound is just fine??? Skinny nose, long skinny legs, curly tail??? That is not what a labrador's history proves. This site runs wild with hypocrisy. When labs were originally founded and used as meat dogs back in the day...there was no trials etc. They were developed from mixing breeds and yes pointers of sorts were in the mix. A lab without a square head, stout shoulders and an otter tail is cheating the system. Are there exceptions to littlers? Sure you get pups that have less than desirable traits on occasion but many of you are splitting hairs to what YOU like. So many of you say.." are you bettering the breed?" Good lord are you?
Last edited by vergy; 01-08-2018 at 03:55 PM.