The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
It's not that the nerve strength gets diluted because the parents never got to develop their potential through training and trialing, it got diluted because without training and trialing the parents, the breeder can't make appropriate judgement as to wether the male and female should be bred.
You can breed two World-Level Sch dogs together, and get a litter of nothing but easy-going, low drive pets (I know a World level competitor who did this with his bitch, none of the pups had the energy level or drive to be suitable for SchH, not even club level - it can happen).
So the nerve strength dilution happens because let's say, someone looks at a pedigree of one of the pups from the littler above and thinks, "WOW!!! SchH III parents of World-Level potential - I can breed this pup and have police dogs, SAR dogs, PP dogs, Schutzhund dogs!" and they do, and advertise them as such, but dogs are really only suited to be couch warmers. But if they had take the time and effort to do things correctly, and see what the dogs in front of them bring to the breeding (as opposed to the just relying on the pedigree), and trained and (tried) to trial, they would have seen that, though a wonderful pet, the dog was not working dog material, and didn't have the nerve strength to stand up and deal with stressors that a training environment brings out.
Or someone can spend years working on getting a weak nerved dog titled, and one day, all their training pays off, and the dog earns a SchHI. Just because they have a SchH I doesn't magically make them strong nerved and breeding material. It is still a weak nerved dog with a log of training gone into it. Might look good on the outside, but it is the inside genetics that will get passed on if bred, not the owners training effort.
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