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Old 06-09-2012, 10:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Breeding a WL to a SL?

is it bad, good or indifferent?
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Old 06-09-2012, 10:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Depending on the dogs, the pairing.....IMO.....no different than breeding *good dogs* period.
But since I've always planned on doing such breedings...I might be biased...
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Old 06-09-2012, 11:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm no expert but I'll be brave enough to throw my two cents in.

I think there could be benefits, like Robin mentioned if you have two great dogs and the only "issue" would be one is SL and the other WL then I don't see how it could hurt

On the other hand, they are both bred for entirely different reasons so would most compliment each other, probably not.

Personally I like keeping the lines separate, but if the right dog came along I would definitely be open to the possibility

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"Line purity" is something I have a distaste for. A lot of folks on this board are adamant that show lines have gone to pot and there's no way to save them... except breed with their far superior working lines, lol! If we're improving the breed and it's done by an exceptionally responsible breeder with extensive knowledge of lines (there's a great thread on here I read all the way through about in-depth lines) why would anyone have an issue with doing so? Like Shade says, the probability of two polar opposite lines being appropriately compatible is low, but I see absolutely no reason not to strive to create a stronger GSD just because of 'line purity'. *hides from working-liners*
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It sounds good unless you wind up with a Frankenstein dog like I did. I loved him but while people speculate about getting the best from both lines, you can also get the worst of both lines. ........... I guess the thing I would want to know is would it actually preserve any genetic diversity within the breed or not?
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Nancy...that is the same "chance" one takes when doing a close linebreeding......the chance of what is good in the bloodline, and the chance of what is wrong within the bloodline.
I think one *absolutely needs* to bring in new genetics, within bloodlines.
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Lucy's a show/work mix. Awesome dog and perfectly balanced.

My next one will (hopefully!) be a work/show mix too.

I don't think just anyone and any dog should be mixed. Whoevers doing the breeding really should understand and know what they're doing. Just my $.02
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One of the problems I see..... WL people may not "know" the showlines, and SL people may not "know" the working lines.

Example:
An Am line breeder wants to bring in WL to improve "whatever." But that well intentioned Am line breeder may choose a dog from a pedigree known (to WL people) for low thresholds and reactive aggression. Disaster waiting to happen.
I am NOT knocking anyone, btw! Lack of knowledge is fixable..... I work on it everyday.
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I would agree....however, that stands true for "any" breeding.
One should "know" what each breeding can/should/could produce...before....a breeding is considered.
But I also understand that problems can and do arrise, even with the most "thought out" breedings, being it is the creation of living-breathing creatures.....

*I will do this type of breeding/cross...because I believe, that the need for new genetics is crucial....and I (as a breeder) must make choices now, for the generations to come...just as we have made the choices from past to present.*
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I have a WGSL/WGWL cross. I'd actually be interested to see if anyone knew anything about his pedigree (since I don't really). He's a very interesting dog..

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