rlvallee wrote: benchmark wrote: rlvallee wrote:
? LMAO Before you ask for numbers like that you might want to put up a pedigree.
For what he's got into that dog in terms of time and $$, what he is asking is cheap, especially for such a young dog. Who needs to see a pedigree? Unless you're just looking to breed. If I were in a position to get a dog right now, I'd be all over that.
You NEED to see a pedigree to assure the dog is not line bread and to be sure he comes from healthy parents along with health clearances. Breeding is another thing altogether. Someone wants to spend that kind of money on a dog and not care about the dogs back ground, go for it.
Actually, line breeding can be a positive thing, unless it is taken to the extreme and crosses into inbreeding territory. There's a difference. Line breeding can be a good tool for locking in desirable traits. But, it can also lock in negative traits, so one needs to really know what they are working with. That is why certain health checks are so important.
The reason I stated that knowing this dog's pedigree is not as important unless you plan to use the dog for future breeding is because 1) the dog's demonstrated performance as a gun dog is what is being offered for sale here and trainability speaks volumes as to the dog's temperament and suitability for that purpose, and 2) the dog is old enough to have hips, eyes, and other potentially heritable disorders confirmed to not exist. Unless you have personal knowledge about the genetic history behind a line of dog's, looking at the pedigree will not tell you as much as items 1 and 2. If you think otherwise and want to spend $5,000 on a dog based on that piece of paper, you may be very sorry.
In my 30 + years of breeding, training, showing, and competing with dog's I've learned that one can only put so much stock in a pedigree.