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For me the ideal White Shepherd is healthy strong vital animal, middle sized, middle boned, well muscled, with good instincts and will to work, calm at home but active and fast when working, that can be pushed and that takes stress and is capable to work long hours, that is not afraid of gun shots, and whose exterior is excellent according to the breed standard and has got black pigmentation and white coat.
In our breeding program we firstly concentrate on health then on character and working ability and only then on exterior. And the reason is that we feel winners blood in sick dogs pedigree will not make the dog owner happy. So we try to do everything we can to make the risk minimum which can be done only when prioritizing the health most. After all, even the winners are first and foremost our friends and family members and only then show or competition dogs.
The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
1) health – with this we firstly mean a dog that is overall healthy with no allergies, no sicknesses and not any disfunction which also includes that dog is capable to move freely, is able to run long distances and is physically healthy. And secondly ofcourse with hips and elbows clean of dysplasy result. The reason why I prioritize the dogs overall health most is that this matters even more then just dysplasy health test result. Allergic or heart disfunction dog is not suitable for breeding and it does not matter that the dog has got clean hips.
2) character and working ability – there I concentrate first and foremost on dogs working ability and then dogs character. This priority is set since the breed is loosing it’s working ability in Europe and there are too many soft charactered dogs that are not only able to work but even unable to live normal life. The most important is that a dog has got good working ability and good instincts and only then comes the other detailes of character. Concentrating on just some detailes in character is too dangerous since every breeder has it’s own vision about a good charactered dog. Dog that has got extremely weak instincts or is unbelievably soft or nervous has not got good character. The character I value is medium strong stability with long hours working ability, ability to take stress and without active aggressiveness or shyness.
3) exterior – that’s the most tricky since in Europe are several different types of white shepherds and we have got three different exterior type of females. With exterior we firstly concentrate on anatomy, then on pigmentation and finally on coat. White shepherd should be overall balanced medium, medium and medium in everything in their anatomy. It does not matter that we like big strong boned dogs a white shepherd should not be too big or too strong boned and not overcornered or undercornered. A strong boned dog is nice but a too strong boned dog carries problems and is not able to run long distances or work long hours. The same problem is with overcornered or undercornered dogs.
That is what I am up to when choosing males to our females. There are dogs that are extremely close to the ideal but I have never seen a dog without a fault, which happens if you know too much about the breed, and I also never expect to breed ideal dogs. Ofcourse, I have also a vision of an ideal white shepherd when breeding which I will be looking probably for the rest of my life. But I am absolutely sure that no one can breed ideal dogs and if someone says they have got an ideal dog… Well, I would say they do know nothing about breeding dogs then and most probably have got kennel blindness. But we certainley dedicate to breed as close to the ideal as we can and we really do breed good dogs.
Our vision of a white shepherd type and character is already represented in some of our offspring but we have still long way to go. But all above mentioned is what we are dedicating in our breeding and the way we are moving to.
Owners matter a lot to dogs health. Correctly feed and exercised dog will grow up to be a healthy animal. Wrongly feed and not exercised dog can grow up to be a sick animal. Every dog carries health problems in their genes. When using healthy animals in breeding we can minimize the risks of health problems but owners are the ones that can make them to stay healthy during their lifetime.
Our dogs are first and foremost friends and family members and only then show dogs, breeding dogs or competition dogs. An ideal owner for our puppy is a person that needs a friend and companion for different activities through the dogs lifetime.
With the hope that man may learn love through the eyes of his dog...
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