shamykebab wrote:Ditto what Naj said. It is interesting though.
FTCH Purdey Of Bonhote Of Birdbrook had a very successful litter when first put to FTCH Greenwood Timothy Of Holdgate, producing FTCH and several OFTWs and FTWs. The repeat mating, not so successful, despite going to experienced handlers.
Likewise, FTCH Hatchfield Feargal x FTW Greenbriar Solitaire. First litter - 2 FTCHs, 2 OFTWs, an American MH, and some FTWs. Repeat mating with pups going to very successful competition homes, nothing significant produced.
Interesting but not conclusive that is is just because it was a repeat mating that they were poorer, the counter argument is that a repeat litter might be better than the first in some cases (for exactly the same reasons of genetic diversity) but of course if the first litter is poor the mating won't get repeated as no one is going to breed something they think will be poor so we will never know:-D
I am not sure if Amberquest is the eldest but I am the youngest of three and according to this theory my eldest brother should be a star and I must be rubbish. In reality (and it's ok he definitely will not be reading this
) the eldest is the least academic and least athletic of the three of us not just now because he is older but throughout our lives. The middle one is by far the most intelligent and pretty athletic in later life but wasn't interested when young as he was too busy reading stuff and playing the piano! The last ie me was less academic partly because I am not as bright as my elder brother (and was never going to compete with his academic achievements) and partly because I was too busy playing sport, fishing and shooting to worry too much about O and A levels and did the minimum necessary to pass when put under pressure by my trainers aka parents and teachers.