As new in the breeding world, I have realized that even if I have lots of knowledge and experience in the dog training area – I have plenty to learn about genetics, canine biology, and reproduction and specifically I want to deepen my knowledge about the Golden Retriever and the work they are meant to do. I love the breed –– I would even say that I am passionate and a bit obsessed about it ;). And I truly enjoy the work the golden was created to do and, to me, that’s the very basics to start breeding any dog breed.
Ever since I decided to start up my own breeding I have done my best to learn and develop myself within the area of breeding and of the breed of my choice. Since 2014, I have taken the Swedish kennel Club’s breeder education, different classes in canine biology and I have read lots of books and articles. I took the hunter’s training and only have the shooting left to pass before I can shoot for my own dogs – which is a big dream for me! In addition, I have taken the training to become a secretary at working tests and field trials for the Swedish Spaniel and Retriever Club and is helping out when I can and am asked to do so.
Practically, I am participating in practical hunting and working tests with my dog. I am giving classes in foundations for the retrieving dog to learn to train different dogs and adapt my methods and I do so with a colleague with a long history of practical use of the retriever in the field. It is very developing for me in many ways. I had my first litter and got myself a mentor to support me. That experience alone gave a lot as well.
Last summer, I felt that I needed to dig in to the breed even more; the lines, the types and the pedigrees. I started up a small personal project to learn about the Swedish field Golden retriever lines and have since then gone through all litters of field Golden retrievers in Sweden since 2010 and created a HUGE excel file with different sheets and formulas. Let me say like this; it was a very interesting exercise and I have learned a lot along the way.
I intend to continue my Excel-sheet and follow up our breeding as we move into the future. I also intend to share my findings with you as I blog about different topics. But I have gone through 54 different breeders (all have had at least 1 litter since 2010), 228 litters, 111 sires and 142 dams. During 2010-2017 1490 puppies were born, out of which 786 were male and 704 were female.
The breeders I have included in my project are:
|Aim High||Happy Birdhunter||Reducks|
|Birdie Nam Nam||Kopparhult||Skogsvrån’s|
It might be that I have missed to include a breeder or two – if so, I am very happy to add them – so please just PM me and I can update my excel :).
I have utilised information in SKK Hunddata, SKK Avelsdata and Rasdata. I will NOT name any breeder in relation to any finding – the material I have created is just for my own learning and NOT to make anyone look good or bad. But I have spent SO much time with this – I think it’s a shame not to share it with those of you who are interested!
Is there anything in specific you are curious about 🙂 ;)?