Administrator & Alpha Bitch of the Wild Bunch
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Michigan, USA
We do not use the Volhard test. Personally I do not like it. It leaves out some important aspects of evaluation, some parts can be unnecessarily traumatic to pups (there are other less harsh ways to evaluate those traits) and frankly some of it is prone to misinterpreting results and thus potentially leading to vastly inaccurate evaluations of temperament. One of the most glaring is that many behaviors it labels as "dominant" are not necessarily so, but are even more likely to be something else entirely, including nerve issues.
It isn't horrible for a general all breed test, primarily for pets, but it isn't great either and the areas that can mislabel some things as being very different from what they are is concerning. It is pretty much useless for working/sport dogs. IMO there are much better tests out there, and most breeders I know have their own.
We do puppy testing, but as a part of the evaluation process, not a major determinant. We don't use a "boxed" test, but rather one we've developed over the years based on other puppy tests out there and primarily on the experience of many other breeders, and our own experience.
I'm familiar with this breeder and frankly would put a whole lot more stock in her general observations and recommendations than on any formal testing, particularly the Volhard test.
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