As a newbie to the show world and to the breeding dance, I’ve been trying to figure out when and whether to breed Kunga to various bitches whose owners have contacted me for breeding information. Kunga, of course, would breed with a Chihuahua if she’d have him and he could work out the logistics. But since I’m in charge of who he gets to “meet,” I’ve been researching and asking advice about potential partners.
In the course of all this, I’ve discovered there seem to be two distinct schools of thought when breeding a male. One group of people believes that as long as the potential dam has been health tested, is of the right color under the GDCA Color Code of Ethics, and not being bred just for money, that it’s good to breed to her. After all, breeding is supposed to be about improving the breed, and even if she has her faults, perhaps breeding to a decent sire will lead to improved offspring.
The people of the second school of thought say that your dog’s reputation is paramount, and it’s important to breed only to bitches that are already generally excellent in conformation and temperament. (This assumes the health testing, color, and not-solely-for-profit tests above are also met.) That way, the pups will almost certainly be of good quality, which is needed to improve the breed, and will reflect well on your sire.
There seem to be advantages and drawbacks to both ways of thinking. Most people I’ve spoken to have come down HARD on one side or the other. An interesting debate, and not one that seems resolvable except as a personal decision.