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Breeding Dog with Allergies in the Line

I have a really outstanding female dog who happens to be the highest scoring dog in the country (for her breed) in several hunting tests.  She has OFA Excellent hips and is a conformation champion as well.  I have found a really nice stud dog and I would like to breed my dog.  The only problem is that her dad did have some allergies.  A couple of my dog's littermates were afflicted with some pretty bad allergies, but my dog is completely healthy and has never suffered from any allergy-related symptoms.  My question is, should I be worried about my dog producing pups with allergies?  Or since she is asymptomatic (and the breeding would be a total outcross), can I assume that none of the puppies will have allergies?  Please let me know what you think.  I would really hate to not breed a truly talented gundog because of her father, but I know that I should do what's best for the breed and avoid producing allergic pups if possible.  Thanks!
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82861 tn?1333453911
You would get a better answer by contacting the national breed club for this dog.  Every purebred dog recognized by the AKC has a national club, and a web page as well.  They're the experts on these kinds of issues.
441382 tn?1452810569
If the litter's sire had bad allergies, and some of the litter has them as well, as much as you might like to breed your girl I wouldn't, since it seems there's a very good chance that the puppies could also be affected.  Even though your dog is asymtomatic, she still carries the gene for a weakened immune system.  Not only would it be unfair to the people who ended up buying the puppies, speaking not only in terms of medical bills but also in terms of watching the dog they love suffer with the allergies, it would be unfair to the dogs themselves, since they would be the ones suffering with the allergies.  I know it's not what you wanted to hear, but when it comes to creating new lives, we must be as realistic as possible and strive to do only what's best for the dogs in question.

Ghilly
441382 tn?1452810569
I just wanted to add that even though the breeding would be a total outcross, that doesn't guarantee that the allergies wouldn't surface in the puppies.  

Ghilly
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