McEmn Great Danes
Nikki Riggsbee John Buddie Breeding Rules

John Buddie, of Tartanside Collies, has been breeding for fifty year. Here are a selection of his rules.

Leave the sport no worse than you found it.
The number of champions finished or ribbons earned is not the true measure of being a successful breeder.
Some of the breed's most important and influential dogs do not have the prefix Ch. before their names.
Look to the grandparents!

You don't need to be a "big" kennel to be a great breeder or have a far-reaching impact on the breed.

You can never outrun a problem - it will always catch up with you. Stand and face it before it overtakes you.
  Learn to see and appreciate quality in all families.

Selection is what separates great breeders from good ones.

Study a pedigree for its lessons about consistency, dominance, key/benign individuals.
Know as many of the individuals in the pedigree as you possibly can through personal contact with them.
Pictures lie!
Don't fault judge at the expense of virtues.

Never give up virtues when doing a breeding. The breed's future depends on the preservation of virtues.

Breeding and culling for health and temperament are the responsibilities of every serious breeder.

Line breed, but know when it is time for a judicious outcross.

A breeder is part artist, part scientist.

Know what you can and can't live with when it comes to virtues and faults.

In order to establish a line, have a picture of your perfect collie firmly etched in your mind and follow it to your goals. Pictures - males and females.

Look to breed type to type when outcrossing.

Puppy development differs from family to family. Study your family to understand its specific maturation process and pattern.

Cultivate patience; individual dogs often don't reach their full potential until they are three years of age.

In brood bitches, a good doer is just as important as a good dog.

Most of all, practice courtesy and respect.




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