An, know old, article that I came over. It puts into word many of my own thoughts about breeding. Especially since I find it more and more difficult to find good working dogs that I personally like in all parts (temper, mental, drive and so on). I know many disagree with me, but this is my personal opinion and taste 🙂
Just some quotes, and have a good reading:
….With a good working dog the appearance is always secondary to the capabilities of the dog. I use the word appearance because it is different from structure and health. In a good working dog physical structure and health are absolutely critical.
….Where a dog may be from a working breed but is not a working dog the abilities may be more limited than one expects.
…..There are occasions where a show dog is introduced into a working line to refresh the bloodline, or improve appearance. This is then diluted in successive generations before the offspring are considered up to working dog standards.