Breeding for the “Ideal Malinois”

What makes a sire a good sire? Those experienced in high-quality, successful breeding programs and the genetics behind such programs will tell you a good sire is one who consistently produces better than himself even when paired with what some might call “mediocre” females.

Most sires considered “prepotent” (those who seem to “always” produce certain traits) are thought to be so due to “tight” line-breeding behind them (i.e. there are breedings between related individuals in the pedigree). This is not always the case of course, as there are the rare “open pedigree” sires (where there are no common ancestors in the pedigree) whose “genotype” (what genetics they carry and pass on) and “phenotype” (the characteristics seen in the animal’s physical appearance & temperament) match. Continue reading