|09-03-2013 08:58 AM|
Lisa: Unfortunately I don't know of any good breeders in your area that would act as a mentor. If Cliff said you have a good dog, I am sure you do, however, a lot of breeders that take the time to title their female, most likely will not chose a stud that has not been titled. A breeder friend is going thru that struggle at the moment. She works an incredible gsd male whose owner has no desire to title, however, she said he is one of the best gsd's she have ever seen. Another breeder at our club would love to use him in his program. Health testing has been done, but he struggles with "non title" part. My suggestion would be to continue training your dog and if he is that good, someone may be interested in him and decide that his pedigree and attributes are what they need in their breeding program. In exchange they maybe willing to mentor you at the same time. Hopefully if he is as good as you say, you decide to Title him so that more breeders would be willing to consider using him.
|09-03-2013 01:09 AM|
Although I said something similar in a PM, this thread may be read by people other than the OP.
I think it is not a bad idea to use various people as your go to contacts for the various aspects of breeding.
You might be able to discuss the bloodlines with Cliff or someone else.
You might be able to find someone from your training club to discuss what you need to look for in a bitch to complement your dog.
You might be able to find someone who raises Rottys or Retrievers to give you a lot of great advice in the area of whelping the litter.
And you might find someone in your breed club to help you decide what you want to screen your dog for and what you will require of the bitch.
There are threads in the general breeding section with a lot of good information about whelping and raising a litter of puppies. Read through some of those threads and pay attention to the advice given by various posters and then choose one or two of the posters, and PM specific questions.
I think in all, the people who have been there, done that, are pretty willing to help where they feel comfortable in their knowledge.
|09-02-2013 10:27 PM|
Simply to avoid frustration and aggravation on your part, I wouldn't ask this particular forum breeding questions. You should be talking personally to people whose judgment you trust. But there we are back to the problem--you're trying to FIND someone you can trust. Where the heck do you start? Outside the training field, there's a few Facebook groups with a more breeder-centric bent, so if Cliff can't help you, you might be able join one of these groups to get some contacts closer to you.
Oh, and just a suggestion... as you do acquire contacts and inquire about possible mentorships, do not start your correspondence with "lookin to breed my dog". Tell them you are new to all this, but you have a promising young male in training and you want to know what steps are needed to prove him breedworthy. You'll still get differing opinions on that, and someone will always grill you. But don't take offense. If you really want to learn, keep listening. It will quickly become apparent to everyone that you're not just some BYB-wannabe, and that you're serious about doing things the right way, and then I bet that help will be more forthcoming.
|09-02-2013 07:38 PM|
So... as Dr Phil says "how's that workin' for ya?"
I wish you the best, hopefully people pm'd you some names of stud owners/breeders to contact for more opinions/suggestions.
|09-02-2013 07:32 PM|
|LissG||Maybe I did ask my breeder, but like I keep repeating, I don't just take one person's word. I'd like multiple opinions/suggestions. Get as much knowledge as possible to make the most informed decision. Most people have a situation in life (any situation-could be a relationship issue) usually they ask multiple people/friends to get their thoughts/opinions before making a decision. Which is what I'm trying to do.|
|09-02-2013 06:35 PM|
There are many better places to find a mentor to stud out her dog than asking here.... because she opened herself up to having to defend herself. If she never posted the thread and contacted her breeder for advice on where to begin(who I read in another thread is only 40 miles away) she would have been better off.
Asking questions is great, I don't know if asking for a mentor and naming names is something that should be done on a public forum. What if everyone started naming breeders in her area to mentor her, would that have been a better outcome to her plea?
|09-02-2013 05:35 PM|
|cliffson1||I missed where I said anything about right and wrong....was only making an analogy.....lets move on....I think everyone understands each other.|
|09-02-2013 05:17 PM|
I personally don't think ANY question is a WRONG question. I don't know where or who her breeder is...mine is a long distance away.
None of that matters.
(I also didn't know we had rules about what we should or shouldn't ask about in the breeding section.)
I didn't have a problem understanding her initial post - that she was looking for a mentor.
Actually, I have a lot of respect for both current and prospective breeders WANTING TO LEARN/ know about "both sides of the coin", so to speak.
IMO, it benefits us all.
No matter what the Title of the thread is, once you get into it and read, you know what's being asked.
If this thread had gone in a different direction, I may have actually learned something myself.
Usually, If I have anything to add that will help, I'll post.
Otherwise, I'll go on.
Unfortunately in this case, I can't help.
I do hope she finds someone that will be able to answer her question(s) and or willing to help.
|09-02-2013 04:52 PM|
As for "being accountable", I'm not sure what you mean by that. I can only control what I say, I can't do it for others, nor would I want to.
|09-02-2013 04:24 PM|
Liss, I never post on breeding threads because I've never bred a dog and I have no clue what goes into the selection of mating GSDs. But I'm making an exception here, lol.
In my short time on this site, I've only seen a few members get away with asking about breeding their own person dogs. These members post alot, and everyone knows they work with many many GSDs. Even they get the inquisition, although not to the extent that someone else would. It is what it is. I'm actually surprised that the topic is even allowed on this forum, because really when you think about it, it's a violation of the rules. Maybe this topic should be banned? I'm only half joking...
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