Pam Wolf Posted March 13, 2015 Report Share Posted March 13, 2015 Time again for the Show dog photos going around the internet and the usual trashing of the show dogs. One discussion got me to thinking. The people who truly work the dog, not just a handful of school sheep a few times a week, but depend on the dogs for their livelihood, require different traits in the dogs. However the majority of breeders of working dogs probably come (in the US at least) from the trials world and encompass a wide range of working types. People decry the loss of the strong dog that can go all day, yet I often hear breeders saying they want a softer, easier to live with sort of dog. Often they look for a low keyed easy to handle dog that is content to lie around all day and go out to trials on the weekends. They do not want an energetic dog (or cannot manage one that is energetic). They may win trials, but IMO are producing a watered down version. How is this any better than the show/sport person breeding dogs? Should not the working person strive to at least maintain or improve the overall quality of the breed? Using the target analogy: It appears the red zone is getting smaller the next zone (orange?) is being used more and being bred to the next (yellow) or worse to the white. Still more often I wonder if there is not more Yellow to yellow bred in effort to produce a 'more livable' type of dog. Just another 'rant' on the decline of the working dog overall Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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