|Barked: Sun Sep 8, '13 11:53am PST |
|I am all for what is a correct GSD, but people who get upset with Royalair are wasting their emotion, IMO. People had far less issue with them twenty years ago, when there was less campaigning against the overbreeding or "mis" breeding of GSDs. Royalair was founded on a nostalgic look back on the GSDs heyday in the 50's, where they could be kind of big (now I am not THAT old, lol, but my GSD pal in the early 70's was ginormous!) and were the quintessential American family pet. Very reliable, wise and trustworthy. And from that ambition, to offer that dog, they found more than enough market. They have been around FOREVER. In the 80's, I recall while people could snipe about no drive and huge size, it was hard not to have some level of affection for them, for they had generational families coming back to get another Royalair, and their dogs were pretty consistent overall. They knew what they were doing. And today all breeding stock of age is DM tested, they have always done prelims on their stock which is one reason why hips have never been a principal problem. They are devoted to what they produce, people love the dogs and they aren't stepping on anyone's toes.
I think the PROBLEM are the "so many" riding on their coattails, seeing how much market they have been able to generate. And THAT is something GSD people have to get over....they HAVE a strong market, and the breed itself does not have a suitable replacement. Royalair GSDs are super easygoing, kid proof, bomb proof, don't need a job, don't need a lot of exercise. And people still want that "old style" dog.
I know they have put penalties into their contract for any of their dogs to be used by the Shihloh and King Shep people. Normally, they only do intact sales on co-owns, the rest they ensure cannot produced a registered litter. But had a big problem in that for the above, you can still get registerable dogs. So they went very hardcore against people talking them into selling dogs with the covert intention of using them for breeding.
You certainly wouldn't have to put a gun to my head to take a Royalair puppy into my life. But there is no doubt that there is them and then of course my icon, Valiantdale (pretty common to surface in Royalair pedigrees, by the by), who does the more work bred old fashioned, and so many of the rest are poop. It's a dangerous area because Royalair established how much market there is for these dogs, but that only happened because they do what they do so well.
But for those who gripe generally about this, to start Royalair produces a very consistent and healthy dog, and Valiantdale has a rare and very significant pedigree that is a goldmine in this breed for what she has done with them so well for so long.
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