Main > Breed for personality and drives or for looks? (0 replies)
by Louise M. Penery on 31 October 2007 - 05:45
While some personality traits may tend to be familial, a good personality or a poor one (depending on how one defines it) is hardly heritable--more likely environmentally conditioned--coupled with training and the bond created between the dog and his owner and/or handler.
However, if you really do your homework, you you need not sacrifice either drives or correct conformation with either show and working lines (according to your preference). At the same time do not neglect such factors as longevity, constitutional vigor, freedom from disease, orthopedic soundness, etc.
Because my background is with showlines that can really work, I look for well-balanced drives, drive-containment (very important), and correct (not perfect always) conformation. However, I would rather have a middle-of-the-pack, V-rated dog with a strong work ethic than a top VA-rated dog lacking in this factor.
Once in a blue moon, one may come up with a dog such as Jeffrey's Bazi where there are few sacrifices in either work ethic or conformation.