Breed young while stronger, or older with titles?

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  1. Shai

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    ^This bears reading twice.

    Heck even my little velociraptor terrier who came home at 1 year old to a rookie trainer with no intentions of trialing ever had his ARCHX and RL3 and U-CD (APDT rally championship title, level 3 title, and novice obedience title) before the age of 3. And he was a fairly major project dog with a questionable temperament to start.

    Yeah they aren't super high end titles but they are a fairly strong objective measurement of his ability to work in such an environment (even stronger if you consider his scores) and as a result of them and the training that went in to them I could speak more thoroughly and with specific examples about his drives, personality, quirks, ability to deal with pressure, etc. Like I said before, it doesn't have to be the highest of levels...not everyone has that kind of time/money/etc., but this is not an all-or-nothing scenario.

    A very experienced breeder who is also getting objective evaluaions from a knowledgeable third party (or parties) and who works the dogs in non-titling ways, fine. But especially for relatively rookie breeders? Sounds like a cop-out.
     
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    I just don't understand the rush to breed a dog anyway. Hell I didn't decide mine was good enough until she was 5. Often early titles in the show ring or beginner titles in sports means not much. You never see APBT who title as puppies still out there kicking butts as veterans but the females have sure had 4 litters by 7.

    What about people who never keep anything they breed and farm them out? You think those breeders actively participate that much? Seen cases more often than not where puppy homes title the dogs and through a loophole the dogs get taken back by the breeder who is also a co owner. One case I can remember is the Ashs The dogs that are Ash-Larum? Those were all repo'd over a stupid reason and the Ashs got out of the breed. This was 2001 or so. There are lots more.

    Pros and cons of everything but still, why rush to breed anything? You can't really tell if your line falls apart later by rushing anything. What is the longevity of the dogs you are working with?
     
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