Pure bred dogs

“What makes a good breeder?” This is a question Sue Sternberg asked us all at the conference. We thought a breeder that only bred dogs with good temperaments and health, and a person that would always take their dogs back if the original owner could no longer care for it was a good breeder. Then we were asked why breeders typically only breed dogs from the same breed? And the answer is this: their first goal is looks. If it wasn’t then we would be breeding only exceptional dogs regardless of their breed. What does this lady have against pure breeds you ask? What is wrong with breeding healthy dogs with good temperaments to the other 3% of the breed that is healthy and has good temperaments? Its called inbreeding, no matter what we do to get the best of a breed we will always be getting closer and closer to developing dogs with major problems because of inbreeding. Sue is one of the only people I’ve had experience with that can really see a dog for what it is. I have a hard time looking at a border collie in a shelter, and beautiful golden retrievers for that matter. She challenged us with breeding two dogs with different genetic backgrounds for temperament, so we can have social dogs that have high thresholds and are unlikely to bite children. She also made a point to remind us of WWII and what the idea of a pure race can do.

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