Red Chrome wrote:
bahamutt99 wrote:At the risk of offending anyone, I've got 16-month-olds and I don't know how anyone can determine a dog breedworthy at that age. I've got my hopes and dreams, but to say for certain that anybody WILL be bred is premature. If your convictions are strong and your reasons are sound, nobody will make you run away from anything. If you choose to run, choose to continue running.
This is very true but I'm also sick of dealing with having my dog bashed by people on here because I said that he is a breeding prospect and IF he passes all health testing and titles in the sport that we are doing then he will be bred.
Honestly, I didn't see anyone bashing your dog. Some
people felt that it might not be a good idea to breed him if
the OFA rating came back as less than "Good", but nobody here is an OFA radiologist, so nobody can say for sure what his rating might be. At any rate, that doesn't constitute "bashing", it's just a person's opinion of what is a responsible choice in breeding. Not everyone has to agree on every particular.
It's good that you've spent time working with your dog, but a lot of people spend time working with and titling dogs with no intention of breeding them. My oldest SBT, Elmo, has an extensive list of titles, including a UD, which cost me a lot of money and time to get, and he's been neutered as long as I've owned him. If he hadn't been neutered, I still
would not have bred him, because he isn't of breeding quality. That's not a bash, he is a fantastic dog, but he's not breeding quality.
My Tully was never going to be bred, I got her and titled her for fun. The breeder told me she might be nice enough to show, so I tried it, and Tully was not very successful. (never got an AKC point) No big deal, no "bash" on my dog, the breeder isn't clairovoyant and didn't know exactly how the pup would turn out. We agreed that she might be worth breeding for other reasons, but if we hadn't, she'd still be the same great dog, and the work I put into her had nothing to do with proving her "breed worthy".