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Old 07-04-2012, 11:43 AM   #41 (permalink)
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History has proven that the standard is open to some pretty interesting "improvements".
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Old 07-04-2012, 11:48 AM   #42 (permalink)
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Well, if the meaning of "improvement" has been so twisted and distorted that it is code for "making freakish", then I guess we need to either take the word back, or find another term that doesn't raise everyone's hackles.

"Bringing closer to the standard" is awfully wordy.
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:49 PM   #43 (permalink)
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So when you are looking for a breeder or new dog, "improve" is a keyword you are looking for?
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So when you are looking for a breeder or new dog, "improve" is a keyword you are looking for?
I don't look for keywords. Anyone can say anything. If I think a breeder is truly striving to better the breed (ie, bring it closer to the standard) then I would tend to trust them.
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Old 07-04-2012, 02:02 PM   #45 (permalink)
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So how could you bring a dog's litter closer to the standard?
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Old 07-04-2012, 02:10 PM   #46 (permalink)
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Just curious, what is your dog's pedigree?
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Old 07-04-2012, 02:20 PM   #47 (permalink)
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Like I said Oscar, get one of the books I mentioned and take the time to read. Then you don't have to take anyone's opinion; on what is like what you read in the book....including my opinion. You don't need advanced degrees to get a good idea of what the breed should be.....there are still great dogs and great breeders out there. So you just need to be familiar with the crucial elements.....and I think all of those books will give you insight into these things.
From there you can develop relationships and become a mentee to someone who is trying to preserve the legacy of the breed. These things are necessary to have in place before you think of breeding.....and if you do these things you will understand the importance of this foundation.
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Old 07-04-2012, 02:21 PM   #48 (permalink)
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Anyone can say anything.
Precisely.

So what one person might call "improving the breed" another might call "breeding to produce good quality dogs to hold back and train". Same thing but one gets a thumbs up and the other is considered selfish....? That question is not directed at you personally but just the general attitude of these threads.
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Old 07-04-2012, 02:30 PM   #49 (permalink)
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Old 07-04-2012, 02:36 PM   #50 (permalink)
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Oscar, there are no shortcuts in this breed. There are a lot of breeders who have taken shortcuts, and the breed reflects it. I want to make it clear that an ordinary owner does not need to do all the things outlined. BUT you said you wanted to maybe breed....well to be a good breeder takes knowledge and commitment. The breeders of today are very diverse....some breeding GS that are exemplary examples of what the breed should be physically, mentally, and healthwise. So in order to discern this, you need to educate yourself, then observe what is out there. Many breeders are only familiar with the type of GS they are breeding. You want to be knowledgable about reasonable expectations of a working dog if you want to be a respected breeder. So please do your due diligence.
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