Breeding is something that should not be undertaken
lightly and in my opinion breeding should never be undertaken for the primary
purpose of profit. Actually, most
persons who breed conscientiously and work to expand the gene pool by varying
breedings, which typically requires distant travel, are fortunate to recover some of the funds expended.
High quality reproductive vet care, testing, registrations and certifications, training and showing
in addition to routine care and feeding are more costly than most would-be
ethical breeder: is passionate about the breed; understands the breed's
strengths and weaknesses; truly understands Entlebucher structure and
movement and uses that knowledge in choosing breeding pairs; is committed to maintaining and where possible
is involved in improving the health of the breed; understands the responsibility he/she has for
each puppy for it's entire life time; and wants to assure that only the best
will be bred. There is a history of choosing breeding dogs from litters by
markings in the Entlebucher breed in North America. Hopefully as
our breeders become more educated these decisions will be made on a more
Most puppies will not fall into the
"Best of Breed" category but
will be great pets. However. I believe that the same consideration must go into
choosing pairs for producing "just pets" as for trying to produce
conformation and performance champions. The way a dog is "put together"
according to it's standard determines the dogs ability to move properly
and remain active and comfortable his/her entire life.
As with any uncommon breed care must be taken when making breeding decisions. Most
Entlebuchers share many of the same
founders within the recent third and fourth generations, they all share common
ancestors within five to six generations and more. Care must be taken to
avoid repeated close line breeding.
small gene pool no one can guarantee that no pup will ever have a genetic
problem but even breeders of breeds with large gene pools can't guarantee
totally problem free litters.
Close line breeding in and of itself does not cause
genetic problems but it increases the likelihood of occurrence of genetic
problems such cataracts etc. This is
complicated by the fact that line breeding,
in reality a form
of inbreeding, is the only way to "fix" positive traits and is commonly used by
breeders of nearly all breeds to "fix"
those traits in their kennel line.
The Wildhorn line is in it's
fourth generation and is a balance of line breeding and
outcrosses. The goal is to maintain the Wildhorn "look" and quality
while adding positive genetic variables to the best of my knowledge and
Choosing a Breeder
is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Find a
breeder that you can trust, that commits to some type of phone or e-mail
support if you have problems. Some breeders have been known not to
return calls once you have a problem. Entles are not inexpensive but remember
that one often gets what one pays for.
Insist on a written contract and health certificates of the parents.
What kind of training material do they provide? How careful are they in
placing their dogs? Do they insist that the dog be returned if something
happens and you can't keep it? These are just some of the questions you
need to ask but hopefully you get the idea. You need to be careful.
All Wildhorn Entlebuchers
are registered with
AKC as of breed recognition January 2011.
American Kennel Club -