Pursuit of Excellence

"Webster's gives us some interesting definitions: "To nourish, cherish...to generate, engender...to cause, to occasion...to bring up, to nurse and foster," and more to the point, "to produce by special selection of parents or progenitors."

 

Anyone who puts two animals together for the purpose of producing young does "generate, engender, cause, or occasion" the propagation of that species or breed. Most breeders, thankfully, "nourish, cherish, bring up, nurse, and foster."

 

Ahh, but here's the rub: Only a handful of persons involved in the production of companion animals can be said to "produce by special selection of parents or progenitors." A Breeder (with a capital "B") is one who thirsts for knowledge but never knows it all, one who wrestles with decisions of conscience, convenience, and commitment.

 

A Breeder is one who sacrifices personal interests, finances, time, friendships, fancy furniture, and deep pile carpeting. A breeder gives up dreams of a long, luxurious cruise in favor of turning that all-important specialty show into this year's vacation."

- B. J Andrews (The hall of fame breeder of O'BJ Akitas)

Setting Up Goals

Be ambitious.

After a couple of years into showing and breeding, it was becoming more and more clear to me that I wish to establish an outstanding breeding program, become one of the best Akita handlers, and an amazing judge. It may take me a lifetime to achieve one of these goals, all of them, or none. But I will never give up on trying.

Selecting Foundation

Be extravagant.

When we first started, we didn't know much about almost anything. So we went on spent over $110K USD for a few bitches from excellent breeders, and a top winning male and proven stud from UK. Although two of the bitches didn't make it to our breeding program due to mediocrity and genetic disease, the rest managed to build us a solid foundation to carry on.

Learning Foundation

Be thorough.

Our first five years into breeding was about studying the breed standard and our foundation: their pedigrees, pros and cons, outcome when mating with different strains, and strength and weakness in their abilities as producers, and invisible characteristics inherited, and so on.

Selecting Puppies

Be self-aware.

All puppies are cute but there is the standard and the intention of each particular mating. Put the emotions aside, we evaluate each puppy in terms of the type, structure, temperament, personality, etc. Also compare them with their parents, and other litters. Only those who are spectacular and may better our breeding program shall stay.

Finding Right People

Be inspiring.

Modern breeding is not individualist. It is a team work that requires strategic partnership. It is the breeders role to activate people, and find the potential. With this method both breeder and families gain so much more information and most of all resources. Along with those who share our passion and determination, we can do so much more!

Building Strain

Be visionary.

Many breeders claim they have strains in their lines. The fact is only very few in the world of breeding have real strains. We were lucky enough to start out with two of the best: Rediwtch and Regalia. That is just the beginning, we have a long way to go building our own strain that requires great patience, intelligence and perseverance. 

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