deiDohse wrote:"I understand it was about families, also I have more than dog I have 4. I will not worry myself if or when any of them past or what they past from. I do not even do that for myself I am more concerned about my daughter), I just enjoy them and life everyday I wake up and if they are there that makes life that much better but if they are not, I will get another and life goes on. on another note I do not beleive everything I read, especially on studies like these where there are way to many variables."
I'm sorry, but you say this yet you have produced at least one litter from these dogs? So I ask, how can you say that? While we can say these are "just dogs" the fact is that to many of their owners they are children, they are like your daughter. My biggest fear/worry for any litter is that they will die before their time, I agonize in my choices to try and limit this. We can never be sure a combination will be 100% healthy, but we, as breeders, need to do our absolute best to make the choices that are right. This doesn't mean throwing out a chance at a beauty, this doesn't mean throwing out a chance at a winner, but it does mean taking the time to make the right choices and maybe taking a little bit longer to get to our ideals. One step back, two steps forward.
Further, and this is an edit, we've just spent hundreds of dollars (probably over a thousand, not including other costs, just transpot/collection) to breed to a male that is half way across the world, who is nine, has multiple siblings alive, had multiple half siblings (on both sides) live to over 10, had a sire live to over 10, that was bred to a bitch with both parents over 10 and has half siblings over 10 as well. As far as I'm concerned there is no reason to just breed and hope for the best. The whole litter could die of cardio, I HIGHLY doubt it, but at the end of the day I will sleep well knowing I did my best for their owners who love them, baby them, and will die a little when they pass at I hope an old age.
Andre Domingues wrote:My dobermann has 15 years old now.
But since last year he has develloped serious health problems, artrites and cardiac failure, we have to give him hearth 5 pills 2 times a day.
But he still moves, and barks and runs (very slowly and afterwards has to rest for a while)...
He still gards the family...
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