onyxOnce part of our breeding program, Onyx was retired and re-homed in 2009 to a wonderful family only 30 miles from our home. We met his new family when I was judging a dog show at the Ogemaw County Fairgrounds. When they later came to visit us, they fell in love with Onyx.

 

Initially we thought we would have a place for Onyx in our breeding program, but it ended up his pedigree lines were compatible with only one of our breeding females. It has long been known that linebreeding (inbreeding) is the cause of a great many health problems that can be genetically passed on to future litters. And although it was possible we may have doubled-up on Onyx's good qualities, we knew it was not worth chancing the bad that could occur, so we dropped Onyx from our plans. [more below]

 

We thank Onyx's new family for reaching out to us, and we hope to have the opportunity to utilize their King Shepherd stud Jack for many years to come! We encourage families to contact us regarding the possible utilization of their dog in our breeding program. If it weren't for this family getting together with us on our breeding program, we would have missed out on the outstanding qualities of their beautiful dog, because Jack's strong hips and great temperament have passed on to his AAKS offspring.

 

Onyx's pedigrees, test results, certificates, awards, etc

 

Photos of Onyx

 

Photos/Documents of relatives and siblings

 

 

 

We know we made the best decision by not breeding Onyx to our females because they were closely related to him. As long as certain health requirements can be met, any King Shepherd can be considered for a future breeding dog, even if it's not a "show dog" or if it hasn't produced litters in the past. We believe that, regardless the breed, many qualities must be considered when choosing breeding stock, like health, hips and temperament, and to guard against linebreeding. Being a titled champion is not a judgment of fitness for breeding. Although meeting the breed standard is a definite priority, overall health, hips, and temperament should be the main focus. Linebreeding (inbreeding) can easily exaggerate the dam and sire's worst qualities. Just because a dog has a nice confirmation doesn't mean he can safely mingle with children or have hips strong enough to still be walking properly at the age of two (see DJD).

 

(The above photo also shows Onyx's half-brother Lobo at 8 weeks of age. They share the same father, Polar.)

 

family pets

 

Onyx's pedigrees, test results, certificates, awards, etc

 

Photos of Onyx

 

Photos/Documents of relatives and siblings

 

     

Links to Onyx's litters:

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