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American Pit Bull Debate

Is Line Breeding Good Or Bad For The Overall Health Of Dogs?

Posted by LEE BOOTH on December 17, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Linebreeding is a method that breeders will use to improve upon and try to eliminate structural and health problems from their dogs.

Many show dog breeders seem  to know the dangers of line breeding dogs, and in fact, hotly defend the practice.Motivated by trying to produce the perfect dog that conforms exactly to the associated breed standards, such breeders deliberately breed outstanding show animals back to their close relatives in order to both stabilize and stamp their line with its special characteristics.


But Some people feel that  line bred animals are more prone to not only genetic defects, but also poor reproductive performance, have smaller litters and are simply not as robust and long-lived as out-bred animals.

In my opinion dogs should have proper genetic health tests done, and the breeder should be familiar with the bloodlines and know what health issues and faults are in the lines,linebreeding can be a useful tool to breed away from health issues if its done right.  

 

How do you feel about this highly debated topic?

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4 Comments

Reply Martel
5:56 PM on December 18, 2010 
I feel that line breeding is okay in certain instances but not as a regular breeding program. Lets say for instance you have the number 1 and 2 show dog who happen to be cousins and your female is in heat and no one else round you has a breed standard pit bull to breed too.That is fine. But if you just have a regular pitbull and it has puppies and you just continuusly breeding them to relatives with no regards to the breed, then no I dont think it shuld be done.
Reply amb3r
6:39 PM on December 19, 2010 
I have to say I disagree with this, I personally would not purchase a pup from a breeder if I knew that the parents were relatives. Thats why a reputable breeder has no problems showing his/her pedigrees on their dogs.
Reply popac
1:01 PM on December 21, 2010 
Line breeding is not bad for overal health of dogs. We must game test our dogs because only game dogs deserve to have offsprings. If we do not want our bred to desappear.
Reply Don Wise
1:52 PM on December 26, 2010 
Line breedings, well i feel line breeding is a good thing if the traits your after will thrive with the breeding by crossing the same lines back , but at the same time line breeding an In breedings are very different i dont care for inbreedings inbreedings is when you breed back to son or daughter or brother sister mother and son but where you can which ive been told breed back Sire to daughter and not have defects or problems down the road but me personaly i like linebreeding or Out cross breeding i dont want my dogs to be 100% of anything i like to have lil more variety in my lines so can do differnet things if i want to Upgrade sertant style off my line or look its possible some 100% dogs if your wanting to change something its alot harder to do because the breeder has already distinguished as sertant look or style! So I say line breedings are ok and can be good thing if breed right but dont agree with Inbreedings!! Even Sire to daughter! That is just my opinion