Originally Posted by Canis Lupus Nubilus View Post
All valid questions indeed. However, the OP's tone may have seemed offensive. Previously I have seen many replies regarding this same topic that are very condescending in nature. Especially when some people "settle" on a breeder who doesn't meet the standards of the majority. Then the bandwagon gets flooded with negative posts and people don't get answers.
Personally, I have a Chocolate Lab and it's only guaranteed to an extent. She's fully registered and perhaps one of the best dock diving competitors in the state, obeys complex commands, and is fantastic with people/children. And has a very clean bill of health. For only $200.00
What I'm saying, is that I believe the breeding business has pulled the wool over many eyes
in creating this complex that your dog has to be genetically "appropriate" in order to be acceptable. Unfortunately, it is necessary to do this due to lack of responsibilities in previous breeding strains.
All in all, there's been a commonality amongst breeding forums that mirrors elitism that unwelcomes concerned folks as the OP of this thread.
Although, rude. His point is valid. Prolly should've been titled something else though.
I'll bite. What was his point in his original post?
As for the comments on previous breeding strains etc. I do not believe that is it at all. As science advances so does our health screening. Elbows were not really thought of 20-30 years ago, advancements are made thus allowing us to see trends, screening procedures start. There is no 'strain' to blame, in my opinion.
Clearances are tools, they are to help stack the odds in favour of the conditions being tested for not presenting in progeny. In this breed we have what are called the core four, Hips, Elbows, Heart and Eyes. We then have non-core clearances, prcd-PRA, PRA1, PRA2, Ict., DM, etc. I am of the mind set of, if we do not test we do not know what we are working with. That is what works for my breeding program, others it doesn't, that is a-ok. What clearances are not, are a means to jack up puppy prices, nor are they elitist.