By breeding miniature schnauzer, I have learned a lot about breeding. To some extent, I think you learn to actually tell which couple will be a good breeding- combination and which will not. I work a lot with mentality evaluations and test almost all my breeding dogs with one of the Swedish Kennel Clubs Mentality-evaluations tests.
I have also learned to keep and maintain a width in my breeding and not to sift too hard. I have often kept siblings in a litter if, for example, they had different positive qualities. One may have the appearance, but the other has the temperament - and I have been able to breed on them with good results. In this way, I could also afford to choose not to breed on one, or just have one of two planned litters if one of the siblings does not really measure up.
More healthy dogs in breeding is a good and long-term strategy for me!
It is very exciting, challenging but also rewarding to be a breeder. I really think everyone who has tried it would agree. But it can also be difficult and you can have setbacks - because genetics is a difficult matter and can offer surprises, no matter how well you have prepared, studied and talked to breeding colleagues.
When I started studying the breed English Toy Terrier, I realized that it would be a challenge! The breed is really tiny in Sweden and if I were to get hold of a breeding quality bitch at last, I would have just the same difficulty finding her a suitable mate. So I decided to start up the same way I did with my Miniature Schnauzers. I did not want to paint myself into a corner, as I have seen other breeders do. And I did not want just one bitch to start with, meaning that all my effords would be based upon only one single pedigree: I want several parallel bitch lines. In this way, I can build up several bloodlines with different characteristics, which are not related.
Minimizing inbreeding is crucial in a genetic point of view - especially in a small population, which the ETT breed certainly is. If you look around in pedigrees today, you quickly see that the same dogs occur again and again - and in a numerically small breed, that is devastating in the long run. Now I realize that I am not the savior of this breed, but I like to think my way of breeding makes a good contribution to it.
The ETT has already been so heavily inbred, that serious measures had to be taken to broaden the breeding population - such as allowing the import of Toy Manchester Terriers for re-registration to ETT here in Sweden. And if we have such an opportunity - then we will take advantage of it!
"JUST A BUNCH OF DOGS"
Already when I had only had two litters, I was critizised because the imported dogs I had came from a lot of different places and all have different appearances. "They're just a bunch of dogs." And I appreciate criticism and honesty. But I am very pleased with my dogs and they all fit perfectly into my plan. They are all outgoing and very sound individuals. They are different in both personality and appearance, but they all contribute to the breed and to my breeding. One of them has that body and posture, a nice topline. The other has a perfect bite, strong teeth and dense fine coat. The third is extra safe and socially intelligent - and so on. I have chosen them with care!
It will take a while, probably several years, before you can see an ETT and say that "That's a TrePés-dog" - but I think and I hope that it might happen one day. And it does not have to be the look of it, but if you can meet the dog and say "Wow, what a sound personality! -It must be a TrePés-dog!"
THAT is when I get really proud and satisfied.
I am Certified by the Swedish Kennel Club, Svenska Kennelklubben and I am a member of Terrierklubben.
Jag är en Certifierad uppfödare genom Svenska kennelklubben och jag är medlem av Svenska Kennelklubben samt Terrierklubben.
If a kennel has more than 2 litters or more than 10 dogs, special permissions are needed from the County Administrative Board. And we do!
Om en kennel har fler än 2 kullar per år, eller fler än 10 hundar hemma, behövs tillstånd från Länstyrelsen.
Och det har vi!
Healthy dogs are happy dogs - and they make their owners happy! We will strive to make all necessary tests for our breed to make sure we use healthy dogs in breeding.
Friska hundar är glada hundar - och det gör deras ägare glada! Vi kommer att sträva efter att göra alla nödvängdiga tester för rasen innan vi avlar.