a hunting dog, who has to work closely with his new owner, it
is very important that the character of the owner and dog are
using a puppy test the breeder can gain more insight into the
individual characters of the pup's. This in turn allows the breeder
to help and advise the new owner in their choice of a puppy. It
means that people who are on our waitinglist do not have the opportunity
to choose a puppy. After the puppy test we recommend people to
take a pick out of the puppy's we think are suitable for them.
If it is so that people are not satisfied with our choice we recommend
them to say this to us, this is the most smart thing to do because
when you take a puppy you hopefully have him/her until they are
at least 10-12 years old. If you tell us we can arrange a puppy
from a next litter or recommend you to find a puppy
best age to test a puppy:
The best time to test the puppies is at seven weeks old, because
this is the age that their brains start to take in stimulus from
their surroundings and they can responds to it. To make this test
as objective as possible it is necessary that the pup's have had
no previous contact with the person who will carry out the test
and it must be organised in a location that is strange or new
to the puppy. You can do this test indoors, but with working dogs
we prefer to do this test outdoors.
The Test :
The American, William Campbell developed this behaviour test
to pick out pup's from a litter and published his findings in
his book 'Behaviour Problems In Dogs' (1975). His test only allows
us an insight into the dominant and social point of view of the
pup, but says nothing about the pup's qualities as a working dog.
This is why we use a separate hunting and intelligence test.
Depending on which test method you use, it is possible to show
the following quality's:
A dominant or submissive character
- Human orientated
- Talent for retrieving
- Will to please
- Resistant to loud noises-
- Problem solving quality's
- Stability or instability.
With this information
the breeder can inform the new owner about the character of the
puppy and advise the new owner on the best way to train the pup.
experience and advice:
We have found that the tests give a good early indication of
the personality traits of each pup. Traits that we see coming
out when the pup's are living with us. By recording the results
of the tests, we are able to see which pup suits which owner and
hopefully with our advice, all the pup's will go to the right
homes. Because of this the owners will know what puppy will be
theirs after the puppy test is done so that is not before they
are 7 weeks old!
The pictures are taken at
Kennel Bianco Rosso in Denmark. With much pleasure Tina Steffens
tested the puppies of the litter of 2006 at Bianco Rosso's kennel.
From 1995 we test puppies of all breeds, we use the Cambell test
and/of Hunting-Intelligence test.