Temperament Testing - FOR BREEDERS ONLY
Expectations of the American Alsatian Breed - TO BREEDERS ONLY
*The most important temperament scoring is done on the "RAW PUP"™. This score is a reflection of the genetic and true temperament of the animal. As all living things, we go through many different growing and educating life experiences. These things shape us and our character. Some of these experiences can make or break us depending on our will, desire, heart and our stress levels or what each of us can handle.
As the pups go through everyday life experiences, we will score them. This is why our scores will fluctuate.
During the first three days it is imperative that you do not touch the puppies but only observe. You may weigh the pup when born and look the pup over and record the reaction to that stimulus, but no other touching is permitted unless the pup is in emanate danger. The reason for this is that we need to know the RAW PUP™ without any outside interference, education or knowledge as humans picking up the puppies will teach the pup that humans are okay. We need to know the raw genetic response the truth of the dog/pup itself. The pup will be tested six days from now when you may begin to hold the ones that need it.
That is then CONDITIONING of the RAW pup.
You CAN NOT test the genetic temperament of an entity when you apply conditioned responses. (READ THE BOOK Handbook for New Puppy Owners)
~Lois Schwarz Founder~
What is a temperament test and why have one? (From Lois ~ The Founder)
A temperament test is helpful in determining how to socialize and guide or train that particular pup/dog.
Temperament scores on my dogs/pups do not stay the same... When a pup goes through the difference phases of growing up, his scores may fluctuate. Every pup will go through a shy period. How long and how intense such a period is, is noted by me. The temperament scores will show this so do not be alarmed in the up or down scoring.
Those pups that score the lowest will be given more training and socialization to bring the scores back up.
Temperament scores are also used to price a pup. Those with low scores are priced lower. Low scores may go for 300.00 up to 1,000.00
You guys are picking my brain I am going to have to charge you just for reading my web site! (come on buy the book you will be helping this new breed as 100% of the profit goes right back to them! ) Handbook for New Puppy Owners
Please understand, this is my information for this breed only.
As a breeder this stuff is helpful, but it is only a guide.
- Temperament and Character are inherited upon conception and all new born baby animals (including humans) can be tested for this. I have been doing this for over 50 years and have hundreds of test and score sheets. The ONLY TRUE temperament/Character is only obtained from the RAW animal newly born. ~ Lois Schwarz~ 1999
ONE AND TWO DAY OLD TESTING (TM)
Includes motor skills, intelligence, smell, intuition, noise of pups, pitch and level of sounds, and intensity of wobble (TM) .
The most important temperament scoring is done on the "RAW PUP" ™. This score is a reflection of the genetic and true temperament of the animal.
As all living things, we go through many different growing and educating life experiences. These things shape us and our character. Some of these experiences can make or break us depending on our will , desire, heart, and our stress levels or what each of us can handle.
As the pups go through everyday life experiences from the second after birthing, I will be scoring them. Every second baby animals become influenced by everything around them, including their mothers, other siblings and the environmental changes (nature). This is why my scores will fluctuate. Just keep a watch and if you have any questions call me.
THE FOLLOWING CHARTS ARE FOR RAW ™ PUPS ~ TESTING THE AA ONLY
You CAN NOT test the genetic temperament of an entity when you apply conditioned responses and have that be the genetic and true temperament. (READ THE BOOK)
EXPLANATION OF BIRTH - 3 DAY OLD TEMPERAMENT TESTING
1-2 Not an Alsatian...
3-4 Depending on the generation once again... My pure breds never score this low. If one of my 18th generations scored this low, I would sell it without registering it and with a spay and neuter contract. An F-1 usually scores here, I am not impressed but I will keep notes and see what they do in further testing.
5-6 The score point #5 is the average on my scales for puppies of an outcross breeding. This score and my tests mean absolutely NOTHING to a dog with a different standard and no person or breeder or book I have ever known nor read has ever tested pups this young. As far as I know, I am the only one. (Lois Schwarz, 2005)
If the pup is an F-1 and scores here... okay...
F-2's scoring here is okay, but...
F-3's scoring here, I expect them to rise with the temperament score test #3
We will have to wait and see. Most of my F-3's will rise and rise fast. I am not worried.
7-8 Depending on the generation, these pups may be the cream of the crop. If the pups are F-1's I do not expect them to score this high. If they are F-1's, I will keep them. If I recall the F-1 Anny scored in this spot.
9-10 Depending on the Generation, an outcross that scores this high is exceptional. I expect an F-18 to always score here. These are very nice pups and I may keep them? Colors of the collars will reflect my notes at this early testing.
10+ PLACE A SPECIAL COLOR OF COLLAR ON THIS PUP AND PLACE PRICE HIGH. CONTINUE NOTES AND TESTING.
Temperament Test #1
Birth - 3 Days Old
(ears and eyes are closed, crawling, sense of smell developing, no teeth)
Temperament Test #2
2.5 to 3 Weeks
After about 2.5 weeks to 3 weeks old we go out to get all of the pups. We bring them inside in a large basket without any softness... This is a dramatic stressful event. Lets see how they score???
(Eyes and ears are open. Hearing and sight is weak. Early walking, mobile.)
Temperament Test #3
6 to 6.5 Weeks Old
(Baby teeth have come in. Hearing, sight, and smell are developed. Highly mobile. Wagging tail and vocal.)