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Raising pit bulls to produce the match dog is extremely expensive and time consuming. With this thought in mind, one needs to set their goals in perspective if one wants to breed game dogs. Some families of dogs have a better rate of producing match and brood dogs than others produce. So, read the match reports, championships notice who uses what blood, which has been winning and producing winners. Also, even if a dog loses, consider how he loss. Did he try to make that tear-jerking crawl across or did he take the easy way out, by jumping the wall. Remember that a dog who loses a match because he couldn’t go across is a whole lot better than a dog that loses because he wouldn’t go across.
A great majority of these dog people are using dogs that come from successful, dog people. Pay close attention to the R.O.M. (Register Of Merit) list, and see how these dogs were bred, to produce these champions. For those that are not familiar with the term R.O.M., it is a title that is given to a dog or a bitch that has produced champions by ’The Sporting Dog Journal’. This magazine keeps a running record of dogs receiving this title and publishes this list in each issue. Aimed principally at the breeders of the American Pit Bull Terrier, the title of Register Of Merit is cherished by the owners of the sires and dams. To receive the title of R.O.M., a male must produce at least four champions and a female must produce at least three. Why four for the males and only three for the females? Is this some kind of sexual favoritism? No. Simply put, a male is physically capable of producing more offspring than a female. Each dog receives a point for each champion they produce and in addition, should any of these registered champions go on to become grand champions, they are awarded an additional point. Other magazines have implemented another title P.O.R. (Producer Of Record), which issues a point for every win recorded by the offspring of a sire and / or dam, with additional points for both champions and grand champions. At the time of this writing Garrett’s Ch. Jeep holds the lead on the R.O.M. list with 17 points.
Breeders of the game American Pit Bull Terrier breed for one of two reasons; to produce match dogs or for brood stock. With that in mind, we’ll look at the different techniques that are used in breeding the game bulldog. There are several different philosophies to breeding the American Pit Bull, these include; Best to Best, Inbreeding, Line Breeding, and the Out Cross. With any of these methods, success depends on being selective and hard culling. The best breeding are usually the result of a combination of all these philosophies.
BEST TO BEST
Some breeders believe in breeding the best to the best, regardless of pedigrees to get great dogs. This method usually involves breeding unrelated dogs, which happen to be considered great match dogs, in an attempt to get “chips off the old block.” While you can end up with some real aces by breeding this way, the results usually are the opposite. Best to best breeding that involve totally different bloodlines seldom establish themselves as solid families of winning bulldogs. At present, there are over one hundred males and thirty females, registered as grand champions in The Sporting Dog Journal. Of those one hundred and thirty plus, ten have Register Of Merit status; none of them are females. Remember that you are breeding to the entire ancestry of a dog. So the dog himself, or herself, and their characteristics are only part of the equation. You must also take into account the kind of animals in back of your breeding prospect. The same breeding combined with, to some degree of, inbreeding or line breeding can be the catalyst of a good bloodline.
Here’s an example of best to best breeding with a negative result:
Zebo/ Eli Litter Adam's GR. CH. ZEBO ROM Lonzo's ANDY
CH. HONEYBUNCH ROM Walling's BULLYSON
Zebo was a grand champion and destroyed every dog set in front of him. He was also an R.O.M., and produced destroyer type bulldogs. Honeybunch was a champion, killing her first two opponents, and also a producer of champions. As a matter of fact, she is presently leading all females of the Register Of Merit list. This breeding had had all the makings of possibly being one of the all time greats. When in actuality it was nothing more than a great disappointment. None of the pups out of this breeding ever matured into anything note worthy, as either match or brood material.
Now let’s take a look at a similar breeding:
Zebo/ Eli Litter Adam's GR. CH. ZEBO ROM Lonzo's ANDY
Clemmon's PEPPER Cummings' ELI III
Cummings' DEAR ABBEY
This breeding is similar to the previous one as Pepper and Honeybunch were both Eli / Carver bred bitches. (Pepper was by no means anywhere near the match dog or the producer as Honeybunch was, which is where the similarity ends). This breeding of Zebo to Pepper produced Clemmon’s Yo mama Tobe. When Yo mama Tobe was bred to tight Eli bitches he produced winners like High Pocket’s Ch. Dahmer and producers like Clemmon’s Eli Shadow. Zebo was also bred to another Eli bred bitch, named Colopy’s Sea Train, and produced STP’s My Little Margie. Margie was later bred to McGee’s Monzon, who was a son of Zebo’s half brother Mike, and produced a destroyer, by the name of Panther. Panther also went on to produce numerous winners, champions and a grand champion.
Much to the trepidation of many dog men, most pit aces failed to produce aces like themselves. I can’t think of any best to best breeding that produced exceptional match dogs that resembled anything like their parents as far as pit material, and believe me there have been many; Gr. Ch. Snake / Gr. Ch. Miss Rage, Gr. Ch. Hell Ben / Ch. Kinki, Gr. Ch. Buster Brown / Gr. Ch. Candy, Gr. Ch. Gabe / Gr. Ch. B.B. Red, Gr. Ch. Banjo ROM/ Gr. Ch. Tina, and Gr. Ch. May Day ROM / Ch. Dragon Lady just to name a few. All of these dogs were considered put aces, but when these aces were bred together, they produced average bulldogs. It‘s has been said, “just because a dog is a good match dog...that doesn’t make him a good producer.” Sometimes, the genes that made these dogs fell into place to make them great match dogs. These same genes, unfortunately, didn’t fall into the right place to make them equally as great at producing. On a whole dogs tend to produce the average of the traits of themselves and of their ancestry. Very rarely do we see an ace that is the descendant of a pedigree of mostly aces. Therefore, we should not be disheartened when we get average dogs from them. So, the more aces there are in the pedigree, the higher the contingency of getting an ace.
By now you breeders are undoubtedly aware that inbreeding is the breeding of closely related animals. Examples of which are: father to daughter, mother to son, and brother to sister. The purpose of inbreeding is to attempt to capture and preserve desired genes. The favorite argument against inbreeding is, of course, the case of humans, the fear of bringing into the world physically deformed and mentally lacking individuals. Fortunately for us, breeders through the centuries have not been afraid to rule out inbreeding as a means of solidifying genes in our breed of dog. Every breed of dog in existence today has been developed for a specific purpose through inbreeding. In any breeding, one or more trait will invariably be lost “in the shuffle” of genes. But with inbreeding, you may also intensify other traits as well. Certainly, when you undertake to develop a similar set of genes from different dogs, the poor and undesirable qualities can also become dominant. Lack of endurance, weak bones, brittle teeth, zero biting ability, loss of fertility, and a lack of resistance to parasites and diseases is often the results of inbreeding, known as FILIAL DEGENERATION. At what point does filial degeneration appear depends on the species and genealogies. Most American Pit Bull Terriers can tolerate a significant amount of inbreeding without any ill effects. A seemingly perfect bulldog, in appearance, may have some or all these undesirable traits in his genetic make up. Inbreeding this dog could bring these unwanted traits to the surface and suppress the desirable genes the breeder had hoped to preserve. Unfortunately, genes are not visible to the naked eye, therefore the sounder the dogs, the less chance of undesirable specimens turning up.