Originally posted by Aruuuu:
Are you a breeder of quality dogs of any kind? While pups are bred for conformation, those who will not make it into the show ring are often used in field trials, doing what I believe bassets were originally bred to do. To say that breeding for conformation is NOT breeding toward the breed's intended use is a completely false statement. In the dog breeding world, the expression 'Form FOLLOWS function' is tantamount to everything. No one should breed their dog/bitch without keeping that in mind.
A 'personal' choice? Maybe. Do you have the time and resources to breed? Can you afford the health testing, the puppy immunizations, any treatment for those emergencies that may arise? Are you willing to take back a ten-year-old dog when their loving owners can no longer keep them? Those are the personal issues that need to be thought out.
Someone breeding 'just because' should not be breeding at all.....
I'm not discounting all your statements. You do bring up some very good points.
However, as you stated, "those who do not make it in the ring, are often used in field trials." This may be true, but that doesn't mean that they are the best suited for this. For some field trials having a "show dog" with great conformation but without having bred the genetics necessary to perform with the best trial dogs would be pointless. A Lab, Chessy, or Golden from proven field trial champions would likely have much better success then a bench dog that was bred for confromation, while ignoring the other traits.
Now lets talk about real life. How about the duck hunter who wants a dog for the 10 times a year he goes out but also needs a pet. Odds are he'll opt for a dog that has some intinct, some conformation, but really wants a great family dog for the other 355 days a year. For a guy like this trainability and disposition is everything. A trial dog would be too much. A bench dog may not be enough or could be too much or maybe just right.
I doubt you and I would agree the term quality dogs. However, when I have chosen to have a litter, I have always bred dogs that had health guarantees, had bloodlines consistent with traits I hoped the pups would have, and have raised healthy pups with veterinarian checks, and placed in what I believed to be good homes. To me thats good enough. If not for you then great. My point is the bench isn't the final say when choosing to have a litter.
[ February 22, 2005, 12:45 AM: Message edited by: falco ]