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Nursery blindness

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One of the greatest tragedies that befell a dog breeder is the so-called “nursery blindness.” This term means that the dog breeder does not see the flaws in the dogs he breeds, but he can very well see the flaws of the livestock of other kennels. There is, however, another, perhaps even greater, flaw in dog breeders, the so-called “breed blindness”. This happens when a flaw has not only crept in, but has already taken root in the breed, and experts in the ring miss it, since there are very few dogs without such a flaw. In the end, the flaw becomes accepted for the breed.

The honesty of the dog breeder in acknowledging mistakes, in their open discussion is very significant, but maybe the main responsibility for breeding the best dogs actually lies with the experts of the exhibitions. If they never put the first dog with a serious flaw, the dog breeders obviously will not spend money and exhibit such dogs, as they will understand that a dog with these shortcomings has no chance at the show. But while dog breeders are allowed to win with unhealthy dogs, then, taking into account the nature of the person, such dogs will not only continue to be displayed, but they will also be used for breeding.
This is a bad service to the breed, but in such a flattering way you won’t lead a serious dog breeder, who makes sure that the flaws are not “let in” to the breed.

Too many dogs are being exhibited and it may be better to have less and better, but, unfortunately, the “dog game” has always been quite attractive for dog politicians. However, over time, despite the poor experts and ignorance of dog breeders, most breeds have improved and continue to improve, especially in appearance. Such a conclusion can be made by comparing today’s representatives of the breeds with photographs taken 50 years ago.

Unfortunately, there are extremely many dog ​​breeders who do not “see” the dog and therefore are completely sincerely unable to notice the flaws, and therefore the virtues. A person is really born with the natural ability to see an animal, then he can choose a good dog in any breed. Experts are also born, not made, although knowledge, of course, can accumulate.

It is most difficult to determine the best dog when you have to choose from a large number of bad or medium dogs. In all respects, a magnificent specimen with one noticeable drawback is better than the average dog, which lacks both very good and very poor qualities. It is obvious that it will be easier to get rid of one drawback with further breeding of the descendants of these dogs than to try to introduce many good qualities into the breed at the same time.

KENNEL BLIND – Sufficiently severe illness to disrupt the breeding program.

Claudia Waller Orlandi, author of The Dog Breeding Alphabet

A huge role in the success of the breeding program is played by the breeder’s skillful use of genetics tools, breeding systems, pedigrees, selection and anatomy. However, some programs are at a standstill due to a frequently occurring phenomenon known as NURSERY BLIND.

Kennel blindness is the inability or unwillingness of a breeder to acknowledge the weaknesses or weaknesses of his own dogs. Since this problem is very serious and can permanently harm breeding success, we will discuss ways to recognize and overcome it.

The definition of “kennel blindness” implies the breeder’s inability to objectively assess the imperfections of his own dogs. Kennel blind breeders often interpret the breed standard so that it matches the dogs that they breed.
Due to the fact that serious shortcomings can be fixed for a couple of generations, if they are not quickly diagnosed and cured, “nursery blindness” can be fatal for the success of a breeding program.


1. The tendency to ignore the merits and focus on the flaws of the competitors’ dogs. Breeders suffering from “kennel blindness” pay more attention to the shortcomings of other dogs than their own.
How to overcome: Re-read the breed standard and understand that the standards describe the main aspects of the breed. Standards define the general breed type. Each breeder’s own interpretation of the standard leads to the appearance of different types within the breed. This creates a specific range of dogs of excellent quality, allowing dogs of various types to conform to the standard.

2. Confidence that you “gave birth” to a PERFECT dog. None of the breeds has ever had, never will and never will be perfect dogs. Even the dog that you think is the “BEST” of what you have is likely to be improved.
How to overcome: Realize that your idea of ​​an ideal can change.

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