by apple on 15 January 2020 - 08:01
by nmcbs84 on 15 January 2020 - 09:01
by apple on 15 January 2020 - 11:01
by nmcbs84 on 15 January 2020 - 13:01
No, about show vs working line of that i have no doubt, the second one. I want a protection/guard dog. Confident, strong nerves, well built/strong athletically. More of a defensive dog if you will. Like i said in the beggining of this thread i live in a farm so the balance between good guard capabilities and robust build/stamina would be good for the job. I have no intention whatsoever of show/sport competition. Obviously in all this health is very important but this is something like you said depends on the breeder knowledge of what their dogs tend to produce in the long term.
But let me ask you, i believe that some honesty/comitement (hobbyist or more comercial) is needed from the breeder in order for him to be open and frank about issues or not about health no or other points? Is it easy to find such a breeder(s)? Unless you have a close relationship with the breeder no? or some connections in the field, like someone you can trust to help you find such breeders? I mean i say this because im fairly new, for experienced owners/breeders it should be a bit more clear. Speaking of that
by apple on 15 January 2020 - 13:01
by nmcbs84 on 15 January 2020 - 14:01
Anyway i talked with Duke but i believe he is not very familiar with DDR breeders. But i mentioned him DDR because it seemed to me the way to go for my purposes, might be wrong. And yes i agree that when you have connection you propably have more chances to get what you want.
Yes im in Portugal. Here the breeding culture is not so developed, mainly comercial breeders focused on sport/show, and a big enphasis on show line dogs.
Next to me i have Spain (but not familiar with any breeder). Anywhere in Europe for me is ok. France, Germany...
by apple on 15 January 2020 - 14:01
by duke1965 on 15 January 2020 - 16:01
DDR dogs are mainly bred for looks today,I trained and sold several and what I saw/experienced,I would not recommand for anything more than familydogs, but they can work as a deterrent for sure
other than that,I recomment to select individual dogs,for individual goals, regardless of their pedigree,but based on quality
here is a female I have now, 12 months, noDDR
by astrovan2487 on 15 January 2020 - 19:01
One thing I found interesting in dealing with multiple different vets while treating my dog's spinal issue, a lot of them suspected that DM is more rare than it seems and that more often than not the dog has a spinal cord injury, spondylosis, TV, or IVDD. All of these conditions are very common in GSDs, share similar symptoms, and usually effect older dogs just like DM. But unlike DM there are treatment options.
The DM genetic test is not 100% going to tell you a dog will never suffer from the disease, its just another tool you can use to keep the odds in your favor. Just like getting OFAs done on hips and elbows. Being that the DM test is very simple and cheap, I wouldn't myself buy a dog from a litter unless at least one of the parents is tested and is negative. There are many breeders who test for hips/elbows and DM, at least in the US.
by emoryg on 16 January 2020 - 11:01