The kennel club website states that the average in-breeding
genetic co-efficient for the GSD breed is: 3.4%
As each ‘type’ of GSD commonly goes back to common ancestors
then as a general rule of thumb different ‘types’ of GSD (i.e. European show
lines) are more likely to have a higher genetic co-efficient than crosses
between the ‘types’ of GSD.
Including all of Merjuke GSD’S litters & their planned
litters up until the end of 2012 we have had:
Litters that are crosses between the different ‘types’ of
Litters that are of one ‘type’ of GSD only: 28.1%
The kennel club has calculated the genetic co-efficient for
every litter Merjuke GSDS has had including our 2 planned litters which will not be available until 2013:
Our results included the following according to the kennel
Litters that had 0.00% genetic co-efficient: 54.6%
Litters that had 0.01% genetic co-efficient: 9.1%
Litters that are below the kennel club’s average genetic
co-efficient for the GSD breed: 79%
Aside from 1 planned working line litter that will be 0.2%
above the average genetic co-efficient for the GSD breed Merjuke litters that
were above this average were of pure European show lines.
This was despite the fact that some of these litters
contained NO line-breeding in their pup’s 5 generation pedigrees, or on some
occasions little line breeding that was further back in the pup’s pedigrees
(such as 4 – 5) alongside lines from parents that resided abroad.
We believe that Merjuke’s overall in-breeding genetic
co-efficient averages for every litter that Merjuke has had including the
planned ones up until the end of 2012 are probably below the overall in-breeding
genetic co-efficient averages of a lot of GSD breeders within the UK.
But without easily available data on every litter that every
breeder has ever had & is planning to have of course we can only speculate
this on the basis of the fact that unlike a lot of breeders we do commonly
cross the different ‘types’ of GSD which will increase the genetic diversity of
the resulting pups.
Prior to 2012 under KC rules a breeder could KC register
puppies from a female that was between 12 months to 8 years of age without time
limitations between each litter & they could have a maximum of 6 KC registered litters
from each female.
Since 2012 the KC has limited KC registered litters to 4 per female
alongside having no more than 2 c-sections per female.
Despite owning dogs with gorgeous hip & elbow scores,
pedigrees, show results (even dogs that had a pet passport) we:
Have NOT had litters every year
Have NOT had litters from every dog we own
Have NOT taken litters from a female ASAP (i.e.Bluebell and Vixen were approximately 4 ½ years of age before they had
their 1st litter)
Have NOT had loads of litters from each individual dog
Cleo and Faye have never had a litter by 4 ½ years
Minnie Me, La La, Vixen, and Kuro have had 1 litter
Ulla, Bluebell, Tessa, Milly, Hope, Bo have had 2
litters (although Ulla has also had a litter for her breeder)
Riot & Foss have had litters to 3 different
We also retain puppies from our litters (for example we have retained 5 pups from Riot, 4 from Hope, 3 & 1 in co-ownership from Callie, 3 & 1 in co-ownership from Ulla, and 1 from Milly) & we also keep our oldies.
Please see our dog’s personal pages for not only more details on them, but also for details on the litters that they have had.
A few of my homes have also gone onto have their own litters from a dog that that has been bred by me. For example an agility judge's successful agility female has in turn produced progeny that have also been successful within agility competition. Another home who competes within confirmation has a female that was successful within confirmation competition, and that in turn has progeny that have also been successful within confirmation competitions. A 3rd home who is aiming to compete in IPO with another imported dog also has a female bred by myself that is PAT qualified (etc.), and she in turn has produced a registered therapy dog, and a dog that has had success within obedience & confirmation competition (etc.).
These dogs proved that they not only had qualities themselves that enabled them to win within a verity of different competitions (in addition to having good hips, elbows, etc.), but that they also had the ability to produce progeny not bred by myself that could also win within a wide range of disciplines (and to date have also produced progeny with proven good hips and elbows, etc.).
Raised within a family environment & extensively socialised
We own dogs that have won and / or produced the following:
Crufts 1st place winner
Been on the podium at the British Seiger
Multiple Best of Breed winners
Multiple Best Puppy in Breed winners
Multiple Group place winners
Multiple Puppy Group place winners
Multiple Crufts qualifiers
Multiple 1st place winners
Multiple VP graded
Multiple VG graded
Obedience 1st place winners
Multiple KC Gold, Silver & Bronze good citizen winners
Multiple agility placement winners
SPR1 holder (80%)
Dogs in training for BH & IPO awards
Dogs in training for working trials
Trained / in training for search
& rescue work
In training for canicross
Sheep & Cow herders
Prison service dogs
WALCSS 1st place winners
WALCSS best standard coat female in show
WALCCS best standard coat puppy in show
Beloved pets including those that live with very young children and
very proud of the fact that Merjuke dogs have proven themselves in competition
that demonstrates both their BRAINS AND BEAUTY.
Are raised indoors
Are exposed to children / cats / hens / sheep
(broken to stock)
Are exposed to puzzle solving toys
Extensively socialised on my private land
including experiencing loud noises such as planes taking off and landing near
them, a sit on lawn mower, a blank firer, etc.
Come with a way above average puppy pack
including 4 weeks insurance
Weaned and raised on a premium diet
Wormed with Drontal worming liquid
Come with an invitation to join a facebook
page for the litter
Puppy aptitude tested
Commonly have a 0% KC genetic coefficient (please ask about a litter for further details)
I have hip & elbow
scored every puppy that I have purchased or retained & every non hip scored
adult since I entered the GSD breed.
All of my
foundational females (Callie, Ulla & Riot) have produced singular value BVA
hip scores & perfect BVA elbow scores.
Hope (a Ulla
daughter) and Bluebell (a Callie daughter) our first generation dogs have also
produced singular value BVA hip scores & perfect BVA elbow scores in our
second generation dogs.