Why would someone make a thread about a dog that isn't theirs?
I've noticed a few threads in the past couple of weeks where people are either asking questions about pedigrees or telling stories/sharing experiences with other people's dogs and then asking questions about the dog's behavior. Why would someone do this? Why does that dog's pedigree matter to them if they have no vested interest in the dog? Just curious. I have a lot of people that I know with dogs but have never discussed anyone's dogs except my own. Just wondering because I don't get it. I personally, would be a little perturbed if someone were discussing my dog with a group of people and I didn't give them permission. How do you feel about this?
I think it is most probably breeders or people interested in the bettering of the breed and well versed in pedigrees and genetic lines to avoid. They are more than just the average owner. Also it is a neutral state of mind enquiry, comparable to a scientific study, perhaps?
There are a lot of members who study pedigrees -perhaps breeder, trainer or just a fancier. It's interesting to them to connect a pedigree to a dog for various reasons -behavior, health, working ability, etc.
Why does that dog's pedigree matter to them if they have no vested interest in the dog?
Because sometimes they DO have a vested interest in the dog, if the dog appears in a pedigree for a puppy they are seeking, or they are looking for experiences/opinions on a prospective breeding partner, or they want to gain knowledge about their own dog, if the dog in question appears in its pedigree.
There are some dogs that are "famous", or widely used for breeding, so that they are common to many pedigrees. Knowing what a particular dog is like, you can make inferences about how he will affect a pedigree, and that helps inform you about the breed.