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Would you test breed this dog?

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Here is my take in this purely hypothetical:

If she was purchased primarily to be my competition dog, then I would not breed her early. I would carry on with the Grand Plan. If she was my once-in-a-lifetime bitch, I might never breed her at all. That is just me.

If she was purchased to be primarily a brood, then I would prove her capabilities to my satisfaction (not being one to rely on pedigree alone). Then I would breed her early (around 2 years) to be sure she could reproduce. Having satisfied myself that she is fertile and a good mother, and now having pups to keep an eye on their progress, I would then go about campaigning her while keeping tabs on that first litter. All things being OK, then after another year and a half to 2 years, I would then retire her to brood bitch status.

As far as breeding before 2 years old, I just don't see the point. I have never had my bitches mis-cycle because of being athletic. Gopher is a ribbed-up stick of a dog, but she cycles every 6 months religiously. It's not the same with dogs as it is with humans.

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