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Yeah, no taste for the drama here.Unfortunately that doesn't exist. If it did I would be the first one lining up to buy it!
Honestly, even hanging around doesn't really get you there. You have to do your homework so that breeders know you aren't just looking for the hot gossip when asking about pedigrees. Most will only start to help you once they realize you are trying to learn and use the knowledge you have to help the breed, versus trying to dig up dirt to spread around. I have a couple people who are very honest with me, since I'm still a total newbie to all of this, and I'm lucky they are so honest and willing to help.
Great advice, thank you!Join the GRCA affiliate club in your area. Go to every meeting. Help out at every event. Attach yourself to the breeders in the club who work with the lines you find yourself drawn to, and who produce consistent typey puppies. If you consistently find your eye drawn to dogs who have a certain kennel as the basis of their pedigree, then you need to seek that person's mentorship--but they will not likely be willing to give it unless they see through the work you are doing that you are serious and committed! Some will not be as willing to talk to new people as others, so you have to keep working at it until you find someone whose dogs you like, and whose ethics you respect. If the breeder of your own dog is willing to guide you, (and they fit those descriptors!) that is a good place to start as well. I would start by asking what they LIKE about those key dogs in the pedigree, and what they bring to the mix. Talking on strengths is always a good place to start. Then when show commitment, people will be more willing to discuss the harder stuff. Most are not willing to discuss this right off the bat because of some of the finger-pointing and witch-hunting that goes on (which you can sometimes see in a thread where someone has a puppy with a problem, and flames the breeder for it).
Thank you!Become a sponge. Set up at shows with your club buddies, breeders, and mentor. Bring them food and talk dogs. Oh, and start clicking around k9data and learn how the influential dogs are related. Lots of big dogs that were very influential to the breed were half siblings, littermates, etc and you need to be able to pick up on these things. I think "knowing your lines" also means knowing how the "big" dogs in the breeds' history fit together, how they are related, etc. and where their appear in your pedigrees. Knowing the history of the breed and some of the older dogs of influence will help you more about your dog and the 'lines' they come from.
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No I haven't yet. I need to do so, but we haven't been allowed in public (Maxwell and I) until just a couple weeks ago. Actually, if you ask my wife, we probably still aren't.Robert~ Have you joined our local club? DFW Metro Golden Retriever Club. I joined about a year and half ago. There are some wonderful long time breeders in our club, and I've also thoroughly enjoyed talking to breeders long distance too, that I've been drawn to. I am trying to learn as much as I can from many different sources, yet it's so nice to have some good breed friends local too.
If you are on FB, there are some great breed groups on there too. There are people from all over the world sharing thoughts, ideas & tips ~ all Golden related. One is called 'Golden Retriever Discussion Group'. It can be a time sucker, lol, but it really is nice having so many resources out there to learn from.
I'm kind of nervous about joining. I'm sure they're all very nice people, but my Maxwell comes from a kennel that might be controversial among the old guard. Pure politics. Just not looking forward to the inevitable conversations, LOL!