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Half-sibling breeding?

I just discovered that our new furbaby-to-be has a pedigree that is giving me some concern. Her grandparents on the sire's side had the same sire. Am I stating that right? Daddy's mother & father both had the same father. The breeder assures me that this is not uncommon, and as long as the health of the line is considered, this is not an issue. And Daddy is no way related to Mommy. Now I'm a little scared. Need some input on this please!
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If the granddaddy on both sides was a champion (has a CH before his name) and shown a lot, it wouldn't surprise me that he would be in a pedigree numerous times. This is called line breeding and is common in the dog world. I wouldn't worry about it. Could be that he was a multiple best of show winner and that would be a good thing!
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If the granddaddy on both sides was a champion (has a CH before his name) and shown a lot, it wouldn't surprise me that he would be in a pedigree numerous times. This is called line breeding and is common in the dog world. I wouldn't worry about it. Could be that he was a multiple best of show winner and that would be a good thing!
I don't understand why the champion has anything to do with it. It has more to do with knowing the lines and the health and structure of the dog. I don't really understand line breeding but I think its a way some breeders can control their lines to be more exact to what they are trying to achieve. A good knowledgeable breeder should be able to select their best breeding stock whether it has a title or not. IMA

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So what do I look for? The breeder says that it's perfectly safe as long as the person breeding knows the health of the dogs behind them. And that both of the grandparents breedings were considered outcrosses. Don't know what outcrosses are. I want to trust the breeder, just want to make sure I know what I'm getting. I'm seeing all good results in all of the health tests posted.
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So what do I look for? The breeder says that it's perfectly safe as long as the person breeding knows the health of the dogs behind them. And that both of the grandparents breedings were considered outcrosses. Don't know what outcrosses are. I want to trust the breeder, just want to make sure I know what I'm getting. I'm seeing all good results in all of the health tests posted.
If you are thinking of breeding yourself, and it sounds like this is new to you, it is really, REALLY important for you to fine a good, experienced mentor who has been breeding QUALITY dogs for a long time, to help you learn and make good decisions.

The fact that both dogs share a grandparent isn't necessarily a problem in and of itself. But if you don't have the experience to really carefully examine both pedigrees and the structure of the specific dogs before making a decision for your breeding program, you need to find someone you trust to help you with the process.


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No, sorry if I mislead any of you. I'm BUYING a puppy & just discovered the half-sibling in the grandparents on daddy's side. Was just concerned about the health of my puppy. Everyone always says be very careful of in-breeding. That's what had me concerned. But from advise here, sounds like I will be OK. My new baby will be pet companion & spayed when ready.
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No, sorry if I mislead any of you. I'm BUYING a puppy & just discovered the half-sibling in the grandparents on daddy's side. Was just concerned about the health of my puppy. Everyone always says be very careful of in-breeding. That's what had me concerned. But from advise here, sounds like I will be OK. My new baby will be pet companion & spayed when ready.
Oh, if THAT's the case, and both parents are health tested and well conformed, I wouldn't worry about it in the least!


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Actually, line breeding is a good thing. In-breeding (father to daughter, sister to brother, etc.) isn't such a good idea!
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The breeder I'm buying puppy from is keeping 2 of the females for show & breeding. So I guess if I think of it in those terms, then it does seem OK. Thanks for everyone's input! Greatly eased my mind.
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