May 10, 2011 10:46pm CST
I've been thinking a lot lately about a German Shepherd that I had, he died about two years ago at the ripe old age of 14 (almost 15). I really miss him. I had always wanted to breed him with another Shepherd, but I never got the chance. I do have a son of his, but the dog is a Shepherd/Blue Heeler mix (long story). We didn't plan on breeding him because he is a mixed breed. I don't think most breeders that owned a female shepherd would want to breed with him--everyone want's "pure breds" after all. But now I'm wondering if I should just purchase a female and breed them in a year or two. The reason for this thought is because I don't really care about the markings, the temperment of both males is wonderful, they were/are great dogs. I'm not sure if this would be the best course of action though, is continuing the blood line a good idea in this case?
11 May 11
We also had this thing about only keeping pedigree but our thinking changed over time and the last one we adopted was a stray. No regrets whatsoever. They are as loving, as interesting and in fact easier to maintain. Watch this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3NVqwQVsuU She is our last one and is a constant source of joy.