Sometimes you don't know your dog has something until you get him x-rayed. For example, I had my NEUTERED male English Setter's hips x-rayed for hip dysplasia for the breeder's information. Spencer showed no signs of it at all. Guess what? His left hip is really bad! Sometimes things don't show up until later. It is a wise idea to have them checked prior to breeding because they may have it but just aren't showing signs. By the way Spencer's dad is OFA excellent and his mom is OFA good.
Eddy, I think we all know that you love your dogs dearly and the min pin breed too. People just want to help...even if sometimes it doesn't feel that way. As a person who purchases "pet quality" dogs I would much rather purchase one from someone who does the testing for the things that affect my breed (and pay more) than someone who does no testing at all.
***Edited By: pwcorgilover on 11/15/2006 9:01:37 AM*** Reason: correct
I agree NoDog HOWEVER if something is a problem in a breed why wouldn't you do the testing? Why in the world would you want to pass on negative traits? My point was that even if your dog is not showing signs the problem can still be there. To this day Spencer doesn't limp but that doesn't mean his left hip isn't bad. To be a responsible breeder means that you do everything in your power to improve the breed. IMHO if you are not testing for breed specific problems you are not a responsible breeder.
corgilover -- Sorry -- I didn't mean give you the impression I was using your example against you. Your point is well taken. You can't "eyeball" all defects, some defects take time to manifest themselves, and dogs can be carriers of recessive traits without exhibiting the traits themselves.
Once again, I agree that testing is a good thing. But I take acception to when a breeder on this forum is attacked for not doing EVERYTHING. There is such a thing called the "law of diminishing returns."
What if a test is developed that costs $5000 to perform, and has a 30% accuracy for detecting some degenerative trait... Do you have the test performed now? Maybe you save up and run the test next year. Or wait until a better test is introduced.
Maybe I'm giving eddy too much credit. I don't know his motivations and plans for the future. However, he's not the first to get nasty names thrown at him for falling short of the "all or nothing" standard of breeding. I hate to see someone who clearly cares for his animals and appears to be headed in the right direction treated with such contempt.