SWD Breeding Philosophy (2)

My SWD Breeding Philosophy 2016

As my understanding of the breed increases I am sure to make changes to my goals in breeding this wonderful breed.

Openness

I will  post all pertinent information I receive about Milkcreek puppies on this home page, and/or report these to the breeding committee in the national club. It is of utmost importance we are open of the problems we encounter in our puppies - this is the only way the breeders are able to choose combinations that compliment each other when it comes to health.  Posting health/mentality connected news just means you are concerned about the breed's wellbeing. There are NO litters without challenges!

Every breeder encounters challenges in the litters  - be aware of the breeder that only breeds "perfect puppies".


Mentality:

Mentality of the breeding stock and their siblings is of utmost importance. More often than not, the mentality you have in your breeding stock is transferred to the puppies. Fear and insecurity are traits that are very inheritable.

Here you can read more about the overall challenges in the breed (in Swedish): Swedish research on perro mentality

I have made a promise to myself: Milkcreek name will  stand for perro mentality fit for society, a breed typical desire to work and  harmonious and secure mentality towards all situations, people and animals. My puppy buyers should not need to be experts on dog behaviour in order to enjoy their perro. The owners of Milkcreek puppies know that this breed needs to work and use it's mental capabilities in order to be happy.

Milkcreek breeding selection will always start with assessment of mentality, and if I am in doubt, I will not use the animal for breeding. 


Health:

My goal is that Milkcreek puppies need to visit the veterinary only for vaccines and mandatory health testing - nothing more.

Hips, elbows and eyes: all the puppies fromMilkcreek litters will be officially hip-, elbow-, and eye screened (this requirement is stated in the puppy contracts).

PRA: This is absolutely a problem in a breed - as there are so many carriers to be found that the PRA testing MUST be done of all breeding population unless the dog in question is free by parentage. Being a carrier B presents no problems, provided she/he is mated to a non-carrier A. I would go so far as to say that a breeder not taking PRA test (unless the parents are free by parentage) is not a serious breeder

The only "unpardonnable sin" in this matter is not to test your breeding stock and mate them accordingly. No-one should be creating affected puppies.


Allergies and signs of low grade of immune defence system: I will not breed on an animal suffering from allergies, itching, re-occuring infections etc.  A urinary tract infection, eye infection, a hot spot etc. is totally within normal scope while the puppy is growing up (compare to human toddlers).


Dilution: Why not test your stock - then you might avoid  puppies with diluted color and the skin problems that follow. I take this test routinely at the same time as PRA. As long as my stock is free of the allelle, I do not require this testing of the mates I use.


Hypothyroidism (too little thyroid hormone): This seems to be a problem especially in Finland (radiation from Tjernobyl?). Some linebreedings have prodused more thyroid problems than the population's average.  If any of my breeeding stock should come out positive, they will not be used in breeding. Some leading breeders also say this diagnosis is linked to autoimmune conditions such as Cushings, IBD and Addisons. I myself have hypothyroidism and thus I have a tendency to be a bit non-challant about this issue (one cheap pill per day keeps the doctor away).  If I have not tested for this condition,  the best policy seems to  have least possible inbreeding.


Short-tail to Stort-tail breeding (Tt X Tt):

If you read these articles, then you know why I don't have any problems breeding short tail to short tail. Welsh Corgi Pem has the same T-locus mutation as SWD.


 NAD:euroaxonal dystrophia: http://perroklubben.se/?page_id=2639NAD

While nothing to laught at, it seems this mutation seems isolated to some lines in  Sweden?  I am waiting with  testing for this until I it is proven this condition is prevalent in the breed, or I have dogs in Milkcreek pedigrees that are tested carriers.


Conformation:

My big goal in conformation  is to fixate the proportions: 8 in height, 9 in lenght. 50% of the height is from the chest, 50 % is from the lenght of leg. The muzzle strong, and shorter than the scull.

The overall "feeling" of the dog is sturdy (while being agile). Dogs that feel like "earth worms" under my hands  are not SWD's  - usually narrow in body and with long loins. The front and the hind quarters are harmoniously angulated, and not exaggerated. The movement fluid, parallell,  light and earth covering.

I really do not care about coat colors or the length of the coat in the ring or at home  The same applies to which dogs I keep in breeding - color-fixated breeders are not the top breeders in any breed :-).


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