With all puppies that are born with us, as well as with the puppies that we purchase from other breeders we do character tests directly from the day of birth. Unfortunately, very few breeders look at the behaviour of newborn puppies. As a rule, breeders give you the first indication about the character once the puppies are several weeks old and usually breeders find a character assessment of the ancestors sufficient. We don’t. During the first stages of life of a puppy, the character besides health is a crucial part for the combination of the dog and the new owner. For our breeding line, the puppy with the best character is preferred, no matter how beautiful the other puppies look. Why is that so?
Meanwhile, studies show that a dog’s temperament is 100% genetic. Although the behavior can be shaped by training and therapy, a dog in a stressful situation will always return to its genetically inherited temperament. The character of the puppy is therefore very important for choosing the new owner and vice versa. That’s why we work on the RAW dog™ principle, developed by the Dire Wolf Project.
For example, if we want to breed an open and friendly family dog, the ‘often unwanted’ character traits are dominantly inherited, therefore it is important to select the parents well. By means of a good selection, a breeder can easily breed dominant characteristics (in this case undesirable behavior). On the other hand, certain characteristics may be important for someone who wants to breed a driven and watchful dog (e.g. a police dog). Do you want to bring in a puppy that suits you? Then look for a breeder who can give you a good explanation about the character of each puppy from the litter and do not choose purely by appearance.