TOP TEN TIPS ON THE CHOICE OF A STUD OR COVER
(by Jim Beaufoy)
MY TEN TIPS ARE:
- The Standard of the breed
The blueprint for your interpretation and key to success.
How else to choose without a clear understanding of what an excellent
dog should be?
- The Pedigrees
Your media for research and selection.
Look for common ancestors.
- Ensure the stud dog of your choice is fertile,
keen to mate, temperamentally sound and healthy.
For furtherance of your stock and for
the future of the breed.
- Firstly line breed and then out cross.
To cut the odds - start correctly.
Choose a line bred stud dog and later out cross to a non related well
- Select a standard size stud dog that has proved
A stud dog with proven record for
reproducing himself in both dogs and bitches.
- Degree of excellence.
At least as high as that of your bitch.
- Never breed a confirmation fault to fault, or,
a known inherited fault to fault.
Select a stud dog who complements the
virtues of your bitch and, more importantly, compensates for her
faults with his virtues.
- Bitch not so well bred - grade upwards to a top
quality line bred stud dog.
Could be the start of a good and
consistent line of breeding for yourself.
- Out cross when necessary.
Type to type - not blood to blood.
- Always choose a stud dog with the aim of
breeding to the Breed Standard.
Beware of exaggerations!
for the health and very future of the breed, do ensure that the sire and
the dam are both fully tested for HC and L2HGA.