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The Breeder-by famed Dobie Breeder Peggy Adamson of Damasyn Dobermans

Peggy managed to sum up everything I have felt.  How true these words are.

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The Breeder . . . ..

A breed will stand or fall according to its breeders-not its loyal fanciers, not its judges and handlers, not its exhibitors and trainers. For the breeder is the only link between the past and the future; only through him/her can the breed stay alive.

Like the sculptor, the painter, the poet, he/she is driven by creative compulsion.  But he/she more than any of the others, is caught up in the race against time.  The sculptor works in stone; his mistakes can be changed by the chisel.  The breeder works with flesh; his mistake may take generations to correct.  The sculptor can put his work away and eventually come back to it; the breeder is a captive of his breed and can never really leave it.

Why then does a breeder stay a breeder? The answer is, that of all the activities in the dog sport, he/she alone has the joy of creation and the and the pride of enduring handiwork.

When proud owners bring back a fine animal for him/her to see years after it was sold by him/her as a puppy; he/she notes with a thrill how it has developed in just the way he/she thought it would.  While they are happily telling him/her what a marvelous creature this is, he/she is scarcely listening as he/she stares at the dog; for he/she is not only seeing what they are, but so much more.

With mounting excitement, he/she watches that imperious stance, so familiar, that proudly arched neck and the keen steady gaze right out of the past; he/she does not see just ONE handsome dog standing there before him/her, but all of the wonderful ones which went into the making of this one-dogs which he/she loved and knew so well . . .  and now sees living again.  This is the fascination of the breeder. This is the treasure of eternal youth!

Beautifully written by famed Doberman breeder Peggy Adamson, Damasyn Dobermans.

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