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Breeding thoughts

Discussion in 'Breeder Discussion' started by Bulldoghistorian, Apr 2, 2020.

  1. Random thoughts on breeding

    When I started breeding dogs after almost 12 to 15 years there was one thought that kept bugging me

    I bought 11 dogs from a gentleman and they just couldn’t pull even 500 pounds, now mind u these dogs were bred exceptional old rascal/honeybunch crosses

    I couldn’t wrap my head around it, So I bought from different bloodlines
    A couple of particular bloodlines opened my eyes, it was the old Patrick blood , the old midnight blood and Mayfield blood

    It took me years to realize when u have a small yard there is one thing u need to strive for

    It’s called family and consistency

    U see u need to be able to walk the yard and figuratively be able to tell by the color of their shit what’s wrong with the dog

    They need to act the same, train the same, fed the same, have the same issues so when they occur u know how to handle and to correct.

    When I bred a certain dog I couldn’t wrap my head around something, where were the freaks, than it hit me like a brick , they were all stubborn mofo’s that’s what it was , the freak produces the average

    I keep hammering on the same thing with new blood

    1) Safety ( no compromise)

    2) What u like ( style , looks etc)

    3) Where u live ( country , city etc)

    4) How much time u have? ( u work , free loading , etc)

    Then it goes down

    1) Safety ( no compromise)

    2) How much space ( 5 , 10 , 100 dogs)

    3) How much money ( work etc)

    There many more thoughts, put all of this in a matrix ( I assume u know what I mean )

    U will be surprised; I know some will say what the hell this guy about

    What I am about is are u on a short ride or is this a lifetime pursuit

    Than how do I from a small yard breed consistency
  2. slim12

    slim12 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Without saying it or writing it down, I think most everyone calculates the same with the exception of the last one, short term deal vs. long term deal.

    I think everyone goes in not thinking what will eventually get them out.

    I have been around and in the dogs since I was 10-11. I am now 50. A number of things could have/should have got me out. I have never been hooked on drugs but I kinda sorta think I know the grasp, but it happens to be dogs. LOL

    I got out once about 15 years ago. Married, kid with year around sports, working an average of 50 hours a week. After a lifetime in and around the dogs I could see where my time with them dwindled, they did not get the attention they needed and I could not ride up and down the road doing bulldog things.

    I then went thru the first attempt of thinning things down and that did not fit the bill. So I gave away all the last dogs that I had with strings attached. If I change my mind I want a puppy off the females and be able to breed to the males.

    I did everything but go to the meetings, "Hi, my name is ___________ and I have a problem". Then it bit all over again.

    And back to the jist of the original post. I had to answer all those questions going in and I chose to keep things small and consistent. That went over like a lead balloon. The consistency I think was acceptable but the number of dogs multiplied.

    With the dogs, and like a lot of things in life, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. LOL

    oldguy, Soze the killer, AGK and 4 others like this.

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