Due to having a relatively young dog I have recently been trying to decide whether to have him castrated or to gain some more knowledge of the breed (GWP) and put him to stud when he is mature and trained for deer. Apart from the obvious tests for hip/elbow dysplasia and eye disease tests for certain breeds what other test/achievement is there that you can try to achieve to set your dog apart from others?
I am only talking about dogs that are purely worked for deer, I know that there are many working tests for feathered game.
Working dogs for deer are a lot more popular now so would it be beneficial to have dogs that are worked solely for deer and to a good standard or is this going away from the breed standard of being able to do most disciplines. I suspect a lot of dogs are mated from their owners friends dog who works deer because you may know the dog and its ability and it is convenient, I am not saying there is anything particularly wrong with this but would that person look somewhere else for a potential sire if he was a proven worker?
Also, If a certain person had a bitch working solely on deer that he wanted to breed from would he choose a sire proven solely on deer or go down the line of one that has merits for pointing tests as well but may not be as proficient in deer work?
This thread is not aimed at opening a debate on tests for deer dogs but what would be breeders think is the best way of choosing breeding partners.