Administrator & LOTR Addict
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Bloomington, IN, USA
When breeders talk about testing their dogs, they are not talking about a basic temperament test. They are talking about years of training and working the dogs in various areas so as to learn as much about the character, nerves, drives, and physical soundness of their dogs or at least that is what they should be talking about.
As a breeder I look at my female (phenotype) and her pedigree (genotype) and find a male that compliments both, especially the latter. I look at the dogs' working ability, the drives needed for work, her nerve in all situations, etc, plus also want sound working GSD structure (after all I am breeding GSD).
For example, my current litter I have been working mom for 3.5 years. I know her very well. Worked her mother, worked her grandmother, working her 1/2 sister, worked her 1/2 brother, working her niece, trained with her full brother and several 1/2 siblings and her uncle. I also know her sire and his sister personally, her mother's sire and the parents of her grandmother. The male I bred her to I have known since he was a baby. Saw him trial, trained with him, trained with his mother and his full sister, several nieces and nephews and 1/2 siblings. I also know the lines well behind his sire even though I never met his sire.
My next litter is a 1/2 sister to the female above. I have been working her for almost 6 years and am working a daughter. The male I am considering I have trained with, but I don't know some of his lines as well so had to go to outside sources to get more information. I know his phenotype will fit very well with my bitch, but had to find out how his genotype will fit. This is what any breeder should be looking at.
BTW, most of the breeders on this site are hobbyist. Professional makes it sound like we are making a living off of our dogs. Far from it.
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