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Twenty Breeding Principles
Raymond H. Oppenhiemer, Bull Terrier Breeder

 

For many years Raymond H. Oppenheimer was a breed columnist in the "English Dog World" newspaper.

His books "McGiffin and Co" and :After Bar Sinister" are breed classics (as published in the Pincscher Patter, Sept 2004)

 

There are a vast number of different breeding methods, some good, some bad. I should never presume to try to tell fanciers what is the right method because there is no such think. Outstanding success can be achieved and has been achieved in a variety of different ways, so all I am going to do is to make some suggestions which I think helpful and to warn against certain pitfalls which trap too many of the unwary.

  1. Don't make use of indiscriminate outcrosses. A judicious outcross can be of great value; an injudicious one can produce
    an aggregation of every imaginable fault in the breed.

  2. Don't linebreed just for the sake of linebreeding. Linebreeding with complementary types can bring great rewards; with
    unsuitable ones it will lead to immediate disaster.

  3. Don't take advice from people who have always been unsuccessful breeders. If their opinions were worth having they would
    have proved it by their successes.

  4. Don't believe the popular clich about the brother or sister of the great champion being just as good to breed from. For
    every one that is, hundreds are not. It depends on the animal concerned.

  5. Don't credit your own dogs with virtues they don't possess. Self deceit is a stepping stone to failure.

  6. Don't breed from mediocrities. The absence of a fault does not in any way signify the presence of its corresponding virtue.

  7. Don't try to linebreed to two dogs at the same time; you will end by linebreeding to neither.

  8. Don't assess the worth of a stud dog by his inferior progeny. All stud dogs sire rubbish at times. Not all are capable of siring greatness. What matters is how good their BEST efforts are.

  9. Don't allow personal feelings to influence your choice of a stud dog. The right dog for your bitch is the right dog, whoever owns it.

  10. Don't allow admiration of a stud dog to blind you to his faults. If you do you will soon be the victim of auto-intoxication.

  11. Don't breed together animals which share the same fault. You are asking for trouble if you do.

  12. Don't forget that it is the whole dog that counts. If you forget one virtue while searching for another you will pay for it.

  13. Don't search for the perfect dog as a mate for your bitch. The perfect dog (or bitch) doesn't exist, never has and never will!

  14. Don't be frightened of breeding from animals that have obvious faults so long as they have compensating virtue. A lack of virtue is by far the greatest fault of all.

  15. Don't breed together non-complementary types. An ability to recognize type at a glance is a breeder's greatest gift. Ask the successful breeders to explain this subject-there is no other way of learning.

  16. Don't forget the necessity to preserve head quality. It will vanish like a dream if you do.

  17. Don't forget that substance plus quality should be one of your aims. Any fool can breed one without the other!

  18. Don't forget that a great head plus soundness should be another of your aims. Many people can never breed either!

  19. Don't ever try to decry a great dog of any breed A thing of beauty is not only a joy forever but a great dog of any breed should be a source of aesthetic pride and pleasure to all true lovers of dogs.

  20. Don't be satisfied with anything but the best. The second best is never good enough.

 

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