Wednesday, December 26, 2012


I’m still trying to wrap my head around this—someone who’s been in dogs like 5 or 6 years is now taking it upon themselves to mentor people new to the breed, as in they bought a pet from them and now want to breed.

So how do they mentor them? Hum, breeding a pet is okay as long as it has all its health tests and that it's a great learning experience for the kids.   Or that inbreeding isn’t really inbreeding when both siblings are from “outcross” breedings themselves. Or this is even better, swearing that a dog can be bred the first time in a split cycle, then bred on the 2nd part of the split and that it will actually whelp two different litters, weeks apart.

At this point in time I should be seeing you with your mouth dropped on the key board, going- no way, really?(which btw are the first three words the Ms' Furbie learned)

I've got to be making this up, right? Any person with a real interest in breeding would never do, think or teach that???

Folks, I’m very serious here.  I have not only run into one of those people, but a couple.  I am ashamed at anyone who has ever sold this person a dog to begin with and hasn’t taken the time to mentor them or even direct them to a person who can. I fear for the breed, the dogs involved and the innocent people who have been swindled out of hard earned money and deceived.

And with that, I think it’s important to clear up a few facts.

Mother nature doesn’t work that way-once a dog starts to whelp, that’s it.  The body can not say, those aren't cooked enough, leave them in and we'll whelp those later.  And if a bitch is having split cycles, at least for me, that raises a red flag that something isn’t right and maybe breeding shouldn’t happen this time around?  Typically in a split cycle, the 2nd cycle is the fertile one, fyi, which is maybe why they cycled again?  And what about outcross, line bred, and inbreeding? Well, I can’t say it better than the people at Topsfield Bassets:

Willis (1989) defines INBREEDING as the mating of animals "more closely related to one another than the average relationship within the breed." Inbred pairings would include brother/sister (the closest form), father/daughter, mother/son and half-brother/half-sister.
LINEBREEDING involves breeding relatives other than the individual parents or brothers and sisters. Typical linebred matings are grandfather/granddaughter, grandmother/grandson, grandson/granddaughter, great-granddaughter/great-grandson, uncle/niece, aunt/nephew and cousin crosses. Linebreeding is a less intense form of inbreeding.

Here’s where I got it from—I highly recommend that if you are considering any sort of breeding, this might help clear things up some.

Folks—there is no harm in helping out someone, but if you give out information, please make sure to you know what you are talking about-check your sources, never assume(you know what that does). And no one should quit learning-when we feel we have enough knowledge to pass it on, great, but when we feel we have learned all we can, better dig that hole in the ground, because I never want to stop learning. 

Just sayin'....

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