Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Normally I'd say why would anyone cross breeds. Lately though having gotten into flyball I've been able to observe several dozens of intentional cross breeds and talk to the breeders about their dogs. I talked to someone at our last tournament about his cross breeding and despite there being two breeds involved, it was no different than talking to a GSD old-timer about bloodlines and pedigrees. I mean this guy knew the dogs for several generations, explained exactly why they did the cross they did (and not just the breeds but the specific dogs and their lines, why the female was the breed she was and the male the breed he was and not the other way around, and how the cross they did would be used in their breeding program in the future). I guess it's a free country so who am I to criticize? I think he knew more about his cross breeds than I do about my purebred GSDs! This type of cross breeding gets criticized for being "extreme" (breeding for a certain sport) but that is not always the case. He was explaining to me that the crosses he's done are not just for the best flyball dog but a more trainable dog overall, a good size and strength for a robust dog but small enough to do a number of other sports. If he was wanting to only breed dogs that excelled at flyball the breedings would have been different. Granted this was just one experience learning about one particular breeding program but it was pretty enlightening and I was impressed. If you looked past the fact that two breeds were involved it's really no different than GSD breeders breeding Schutzhund dogs that *also* can excel at agility, obedience, police work, etc. and be great pets.
Last edited by Liesje; 06-27-2012 at 10:38 PM.