Letters from the Front Line:Christopher: Hah David! I once asked, ‘who exactly has lead some massive breeding program to take the aggression out of a breed that was defined by it, built around it, and culled harshly for it,’ and of course this sounds...david lyus: A friend of mine of a cynical bent said that the pit problem could have been dealt with by the Kennel club registering the breed . In 4 generations they would not be able to run or breathUrbanCollieChick: Anton, I met only ONE breeder on the east coast who told me that RRs around me are the victims of “east coast elitism.” She said that people in America don’t want to hear that the RR is basically a...Anton: Where it gets confusing for me is this, take the Beagle for example. To my eye and given the show standards 13-15 inches at the shoulder it is a dwarf hound. However I read that within that population chondrodystrophy is a...Anton: RR’s are such a disappointment these days especially American ones. I just have to have little rant. The ridge is the least of my concerns when looking at the breed as a whole. I grew up amongst RR’s in Africa before...Anton: Im not sure “this is why we see dwarf cattle”. I think true dwarfism simply crops up in populations like it does in humans. One fascinating example is the dwarf elephant living wild in a Sri Lankan National park....Anton: Honestly if security was upped for bio security at airports I don’t think I will be going to the USA much any more. After more than sixteen hours in the air it took me four hours to get out of O’Hare airport alone...Kathy: I thought this link might further help your reader Chris to best understand what she seemingly describes as a red merle which to the best of my understanding would be due to bb and the merle gene. http://www.doggenetics.co.u...Christopher: > And since she is a mix of several breeds would it be a problem if she had puppies with another merle colored dog? Yes, she would have the same chance of producing problematic double-merle puppies if she were bred to...david lyus: http://pedigreedogsexposed.blo gspot.co.uk/2011/05/mate-selec t-good-but-no-cigar-just-yet.h tm recently they have removed imported dogs without a 10 generation pedigree ful pedigree from the breed average calculations .As...Christopher: I’ve played around with Mate Select a bit and haven’t found it that helpful. It doesn’t SHOW you the pedigree and how full it is and how many generations are being used in enough detail. It might be ok at...
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