Recognize the signs, not just the finished problem
Posted by irish on 3/27/2012, 7:43 pm
Recognize the signs, not just the finished problem |
When referencing the problems in many bulldogges, we can lot dog owners and breeders into 3 groups for the sake of this conversation. The first group are the people that do not recognize the problems in their canines. Their dogs may have HD, entropion, temperament disorders, pinched nares, e.t.c. and they simply do not recognize it. When these problems are pointed out by other people, they often lash out, or ignore the source of the information. We can usually find these people breeding dogs that hurt the breed rather than contribute to it. These types of breeders will often NEVER recognize the problems in their dogs, simply because they do not want to know the issues, because they then feel as if they have to do something about it.
The second group is the group who DOES recognize the problems in their dogs. Now, what they do with the information decides whether they are good for the breed or not. Some problems in bulldogges should never try to be corrected. If a dog is affected with some of these serious issues such as demodex, they simply should not be bred. Ever. There are other issues that can be corrected with objective and planned breedings. The knowledge of the problems within our breeding dogs scares many of us. That knowledge, however, is what empowers us to breed the right dog to the right dog. bred tight is bred right. However if there is a problem within a line, breeding tight may cause this issue to become a dominant trait in that bloodline. Calculating our breedings properly can only be done if we are aware of the problems within our dogs and our breed. If you recognize and acknowledge the problems within your dogs, you have the potential to be a phenomenal breeder.
The third, and last group, is the type of person who not only recognizes the problems themselves, they also recognize the SIGNS of the problems. Imagine if before any problems in our life came, we had a warning and a sign to show us it was on our way! We would be able to dodge or prevent most of our problems, if not all of them. In life, this isnt always possible. It isnt in dog breeding either. However, we can learn the signs of many issues that bother the breed, and thereby prevent ALOT of stress and wasted time. For instance, many breeders will Xray their dogs hips as a general practice. By doing this they will be shown the quality of the dogs hips. But, what about other issues? Many breeders do not check for the other things that affect their dogs or their line (or the breed). Some signs of HIP DYSPLASIA are: keeping back legs up underneath them to put more weight on the front legs, sitting like a frog with back legs splayed out in front of them, hopping like a rabbit after a few minutes of play, weak non muscled bony hip and back leg areas, limping, trouble rising after they've been lying down for a bit. Some of the early signs of ECTROPION: watery or teary eyes, red eyes, eye twitching, visible swelling or inward rolling of the eyelids( further in the case), paw rubbing at the eyes.
Now, these are just 2 examples. What i am saying is, if we can learn the early signs, rather than just the problem itself, we can prevent alot of issues and bad breedings.
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