German Shepherd Dog > Importance of Females in Breeding (47 replies)
by Jeff Oehlsen on 22 January 2011 - 21:51
|Where did you read this ? I would like to read the original source.|
by nonacona60 on 23 January 2011 - 05:00
|"The success of any breeding program is only as good as the foundation bitch"|
However, it does take a male and a female to produce a litter....So the quality of the male does have some influence on the results of the litter....But since the mother influences her pups not only through genetics, I would have to say that I do agree with the above statement...
by darylehret on 23 January 2011 - 06:12
|For those who are interested in the maternal effects on early development, this is a 30 page transcript of a panel of experts discussing the recent scientific views on a broad scale of what occurs on a molecular level, biochemically and genetically, influences of environment and sensory thresholds. Just some interesting tidbits of information, that might help clear some misperceived notions one might have, or simply offer an added perspective.|
by Red Sable on 23 January 2011 - 13:51
|That was really interesting Daryl, thank you for posting it.|
by sable59 on 23 January 2011 - 16:52
|personally, i feel as you only know what you are going to get is to get it. if you breed it and it is what you want,GREAT. if not move on. you can look at a pedigree and mate it up here on pdb. they sometimes look as though they have to work. the bad thing is sometimes and more often than not it don't. researching backgrounds on the bloodlines or asking someone who knows cuts down on wasted breeding's though.|
by judron55 on 23 January 2011 - 21:02
I think the main problem is a bitch can have only so many litters while the male can produce hundreds of pups. I start looking at pups through the mother line. I want to see the mother of the pups...the grand dam if possible. I like evaluating her as the male has usually enough offspring to look at!
by BoCRon on 24 January 2011 - 03:08
|The puppy I am picking up next week was bought specifically because of the bitch. The sire is a great dog and I'm thrilled to have a pup out of him, but my plan all along was for a pup out of this dam. |
Our favorite dogs through the years have all been the ones that were "just like their mothers". When it was a bitch we knew and liked and was a good mom, then we found she would pass great temperament along to her pups. Probably just as much due to genetics as to her great pup rearing abilities, being calm with the litter, being affectionate and social but not taking any guff either.
Of course I'm talking mostly about a bitch's contribution to a specific litter or pup as an owner, not really about what a bitch contributes to an overall breeding program. Of course, if a bitch passes this great temperament on to a male who turns out to be a great dog and a great producer then there is that ;).
by Sherman-RanchGSD on 24 January 2011 - 03:19
|Yes... I will try to find the study ref for you if you like. may be a while it is very new. For ever much of dna was refer to as junk dna and now the recent groundbreaking studies may open a whole new world of thinking and learning for science, medicine and reproduction of traits and how things develop and why.|
In light of this the mother has far more impact can be neg. or positive.