Talltail: Dog breeding question for people who show dogs?
I'm starting to consider showing a dog sometime in the future. Still not positive yet, but I have plenty of time to learn and think about it. I would plan on getting a single male dog and showing this dog in conformation.
I know that in showing a dog you are showing people that your dog is breeding quality. Let's say my hypothetical dog finishes and gets his title, he's over two years of age, has been health tested and had great results. At this point a lot of people would stud out their dog to approved females. But what if I didn't?
If I decided that even though my dog is healthy and handsome there's just nothing very special about him and I don't feel like there's a need to breed him and decide to retire him and have him neutered. Would that horrify most breeders out there? To have a breeding quality dog and not breed him at all? Would breeders in the future be hesitant to co-own a dog with me or sell me a puppy because there's a chance I might not breed the dog?
The reason I ask this is because I take breeding a dog seriously. Even if I own the male I'll feel just as responsible for the puppies. And if it ends up that my dog really has something then I might use him as a stud. But I would like to hear from people who show dogs. Would it make you hesitant to sell me a dog? Or does that all just depend on the breeder?
Again, all hypothetical. But I had a question so I figured I might as well ask it.
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Answer by julie d
It all just depends on the breeder. I know of someone, personally, who has been with Dobe rescue in my area for years and years. (she is in her 70's now) She has purchased a couple of show potential pups through the years, they finished their CH very easily, and then they were altered. Now, being that this person does rescue, AND is quite wealthy, she had the money to spend on showing. When she purchased the dogs that she did, the breeder new full well that these quality dogs would never be bred. The breeder KNEW that their dog/dogs were in the BEST possible home, and honestly felt much better about it, than the fact that their bloodline of breeding would put another feather in her hat. Best home is always the best choice. If this lady wanted to spend thousands on showing, but not breeding, it was left up to her because of the TRUST of the breeder and their relationship.
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