The function and form of a dog IS determined by the prey drive IN the dog. Dogs detect external (foreign to the pack) stimulus by sight, sound, smell and taste. A dog will always seek out the external stimulus that triggers their prey drive to the highest level of stimulation in that moment. Through the selective breeding of dogs which demonstrate the most successful prey drive action (what results when prey drive is triggered), FORM (the dog’s physical characteristics) will always follow FUNCTION (the dogs prey drive).
Form will follow function in the wild amongst pack animals as their physical characteristics will change through selective breeding (inter-pack) in order to create and maintain the highest level of success at finding, subduing, and killing prey. Natural pack STRUCTURE (with no human influence) will ensure the selective breeding process occurs by that the #1 male will always seek out and breed with the #1 female. Breeding and the social action associated with it is just another prey drive behavior (will be subject of future post).
A breeder of domestic dogs should approach their breeding plan using a similar selective process or one that best mimics the natural selective process that would occur with no human influence. Developing their “best in breed” (the proven dog) for the WORK performed, should be the pursuit of every breeder. A proven dog is one in which the frequency, intensity, and consistency of its prey drive ACTION is documented (a historical record is created and stored). Unfortunately, the historical data that follows dogs today (from one owner to another) are usually the traumatic/abusive conditions the dog grew up in or how it was kept in a cage for many hours a day. This data is typically explained with lots of emotion and expression.
THE TRUTH IS, this data means very little to the issue of the dogs current behavior and NOTHING as to the origin of it. Instead the dogs behavior has everything to do with the prey drive behavior it inherited from its parents and ancestors. I would say that most breeders are not even able to speak to their dog’s prey drive action or may not even know what that is (please read my posts if you are one). It requires the breeder to be dedicated to what his dogs DO instead of how much money can be made selling them. Dogs today are mostly SOLD for looks and are ADOPTED for the emotional stories behind their behaviors.