Principles of a Successful Dog Breeder
The main and main reason why people are fond of dog breeding and the world of dog shows is a fundamental love for dogs. We value friendships with them, their constant fidelity, the admiration that they exude. We like it when they sleep on our beds. Their ardor with which they meet a new day, even when we wake them up at terrible hours, surprises us and resurrects our childhood.
They forgive us when we lose our temper, when we are annoyed, when we are much worse than they are. They help the best manifest in us, they cherish this best in us. Unfortunately, dog breeding and exhibits can attract our “dark” side. They can feed our fragile ego until it becomes a raging ego.
Often our need to feel that we are better than anyone else is expressed in what we possess.
We must have the greatest winner, the producer of the largest number of champions, the most “champion” puppies. We buy, we control, we collect. Soon we don’t have time for dog pleasure at all, don’t have time to play or stroke a grateful belly, we don’t have time to stroke a stubborn head.
Soon we have no free space for most dogs; we plant them in cages, arrange racks from these cells, we store them as if they were trinkets that have no meaning but to give us the opportunity to feel important. We lose our ability to love.
To exhibit dogs and to breed is a great calling. It is a creative, alluring and very grateful occupation. But we should never expect our hobby to replace the work of a psychologist. We should never expect that our mental illness can be cured by indulging our desires. Too many people show and breed dogs for the wrong reasons. Their houses are being destroyed, their money accumulating is evaporating, their reputation is going downhill, their spouses and children are abandoned, as the breeder is completely busy only to prove his own worth.
Being a dog breeder is a huge commitment. This means that we must choose the role of a lifelong student. This means that we will be humiliated and trampled in countless ways and in countless circumstances. This means that our lessons will be difficult in many ways if we really need to learn them. This means frustration, dissatisfaction, long hours, late nights and early mornings. This means that you will no longer have the opportunity, getting up in the morning, again to lie down to sleep.
This means the opportunity to make new friends, with some of whom you will be friends all your life, and with others – not for long if the relationship is built on benefits and usefulness. This means that you will be quoted, and incorrectly quoted, attributing to you what you did not say. This means that you will be given the opportunity to show all the baseness and pettiness of human nature. But also the opportunity to show the breadth, the greatness of his soul, the opportunity to be generous, inquisitive and courageous.
We should never ask ourselves if we are jealous of whether we are influential or successful. These questions are meaningless. At the end of the day, we should ask ourselves: “Am I proud of what kind of person I have become?” What we should always be dog lovers. We must be their defenders. We must ensure that the life of every dog that we have produced or own is complete and is an illustration of human humanity at its finest hour. Our vanity should not be flattered by our photos in a magazine or our name in some ranking. Our worth should come from knowing that we provide our dogs with a life full of love, pleasure and happiness.
II – BREED FOR IMPROVEMENT, NOT FOR OBTAINING WINNERS
It’s easy to lose the true purpose of breeding quality dogs. For some, the attractiveness of bright lights, the glamor and brilliance of the exhibitions force them to deviate from the right path.
The development of its line, in which everything is thought out and justified, and which has a positive effect on the breed, requires considerable effort. Too often, in the path of slow and carefully planned efforts to improve the breed, there is a temptation to immediately get a big champion and become famous.
The breeder’s goal should be to preserve the breed. No breed thrives when breeders forget about it, and none will thrive without it. But leaving the breed in better condition than it was when you came into it is the biggest recognition for you. The desire to improve the type, movement, character and health should be the meaning of the activities of every true breeder. To achieve these goals, a carefully thought-out long-term plan and relentless adherence to it are required. Too often, our desires to tie us with the winner of the last major exhibition, then with the next super champion and the next.