The giant elephant in the room that no one seems to want to acknowledge. What is happening to some of these heavily inbred Dax dogs? This article is not to hate or throw shade.. as a matter of fact, we love Dax. He's part of our foundational pedigree. But the sheer number of dogs that have passed way before their time has become way to high to ignore or simply pass on as coincidence. Dax has over 4000 known offspring, and many are healthy today. But several of the top dogs have passed way before their time.
This is a two part article: 1.We need to know the true cause of death in the Daxline dogs that have passed in order to breed away from it, not compound the issue by having Dax in the pedigree 8-9X.
2. Educate the public on the difference between an American bully and a disaster labeled "exotic bully" (Clickable links are in red) Do I know the solution? Absolutely not.. But there are much more experienced and knowledgeable breeders than me with decades of experience. There has to be a middle ground, where dogs with Dax several times in the pedigree are properly outcrossed for the health, longevity and quality of life of these dogs. We have heard several of the causes of death, heart problems, overheating, heat stroke, poisoned, snake bite, sold to China (never to be seen again.) But in order to improve the breed, we as a community must be aware of health issues in our breed and not simply ignore them. We need to breed away from the causes of these issues. Many of these exotic dogs which have even shorter life spans. More on the sad case of "exotics" Back to Dax.. Dax was unbelievable at producing very "bully" offspring. He throws great headpieces, neck, shoulders & chest.. but like any dog he has faults. Breeding a dog like Dax too many times can result in his negative traits being magnified ie: trouble breathing, heart issues, short life span. That's why you see so many inbred dogs passing before the age of 3.
So we ARE NOT SAYING don't use Dax! Dax can be an incredible foundation to your program. We are discussing this because he CAN be a key piece to a breeding program. We ARE SAYING don't inbreed over and over so you can say 8x Dax like it's some sort of accomplishment. There is a fine line between line breeding to lock in traits and establish a consistent line and going overboard and inbreeding so closely its causing serious issues. I have close friends who have lost their dogs early, and I can't imagine how they must feel or how devastated I would be if the same were to happen to one of my dogs.
Many dogs have passed as a result of heat stroke. These can be prevented by keeping your bully cool and hydrated. Next, it is important that Daxline or any foundation dog is properly outcrossed. Good breeders know this. Dogs like Miagi, Kratos and exotics (not that we have a problem with these type dogs) But the fact is they have many more health issues, if we posted all of the exotic bullies that have died in this article it would turn into a thesis over 50 pages long.
There’s been a lot of ‘bully’ talk lately in the community circles. What used to be a catch-all term to categorize a specific group of specific breeds has become a mangled, multi-defined term of mass confusion and misuse. SO what IS an ‘Exotic’? Is it the same thing as a bully? Is it shorthand for American Bully? While we are at it, what’s an Exotic Bully anyway?
Poorly bred ‘Exotic’ dogs, produced by breeders selling dogs with bad conformation from unproven parents for outlandish prices, do not represent the true form of the American Bullies. Exotics aren’t ‘typical’ American Bullies, they are not correct based on the historical– or current day correct - conformation of the Bully breed. They do not conform to the official American Bully standards – in fact, most of these dogs would get laughed out of the show ring (which is why Exotic breeders now host their own shows).
Now, before anyone gets all riled up.. this is pertaining to poorly bred exotics. I do not have a problem with exotics in general. If this article offends you, then you're probably part of the problem.