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Join Date: Apr 2000
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x11, I know what you are asking, but can't think of a good way to answer you. Hope this helps.
You do have to get away from your understanding of animals bred for meat production when looking at dogs (or horses). While overall skeletal structure and soundness are important in meat or dairy animals, their purpose is to carry that animal from point A to point B for as many years as needed. Obviously there are other things that are looked at such as breed type, muscle, scrotal circumference, pelvic area, etc, but livestock do not "work" or at least were not bred to work (jump, fast turns, agility, protection, hunt drive, etc). In cattle there are more important things like calving weight, yearling weight and height, rib eye measurements, marbling, etc (I have been out of it for awhile so I may be off on some of what was put into the EPD's in Angus cattle). A cow needs to produce a good marketable calf each year that will bring an excellent price. Bulls need to be very fertile with excellent EPD's depending on the needs of the producer (whether commercial or purebred). They, overall, are bred for a single purpose with some differences. I know at one point they were doing some research on how temperament affects meat quality and I don't know if anything ever came of that (that is a bit off topic)
The GSD, at least, was bred to be a utilitarian working dog with many purposes. It doesn't lend itself as well to computer models and science.
In dogs the show ring has in many ways gotten away from the original purpose. It was supposed to evaluate the form that had a function in dogs that still worked and to maintain breed type. It also compared each animal to the standard for that breed and the best specimens were awarded the higher placements. Yes, testicles are checked, but not like in cattle. No, sperm count is not evaluated. In the European ring the only health testing required are for hips/elbows. In the AKC ring nothing is required.
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