|Barked: Fri Jan 4, '13 12:05pm PST |
|@ Bon Temps "Believe it or not, there's a group worse that that - those are the ones that just cull the litter, with no second thoughts. They might wait until the puppies are 6 weeks old, then take out what they think are the best ones & cull the rest. Really......unpleasant."
That's an interesting subject. Not a comfortable one and I gather would put a lot of Dogsters in a tizzy.
There actually was a kennel worker at that same shelter I referred to that bred working 'houlas. She would cull too. A little odd to have a kennel worker....and she was one of the better ones, very good with the dogs....breeding dogs, but she wasn't breeding pets. She was breeding workers. And was very proud that no puppy of hers would ever be brought to a shelter. She culled.
A lot of working breeders do. I dealt with a dual breeding GSP man....one of the few to have the blacks, and he was extremely helpful to me in helping to i.d. a pair of dogs that showed up, allowing me to alert GSP rescue. He culled also. A very extensive puppy tester, he'd do lots of drive and character testing (balls, guns, etc.) and also assess for type as his stock were shown in conformation, too. And if he had a less stable puppy, it was culled.
The truth of the matter is....and this is a "hot" topic, a little hard for dog lovers to touch.....that a lot of breeders breed for work. That's why they breed dogs. And with that mindset, a lot of people, particularly the shelter community, feel in those cases culling is the responsible thing to do. Vs having a shelter deal with your problem, as of course then the puppies take up kennel space, killing other dogs, and no one in the region I cover would go to a shelter to get a 'houla puppy. They are everywhere, for like fifty bucks. The situation is impossible.
Of course, the only true ideal is to do it as the show breeders do and have a pet market. But that is TOUGH for work bred dogs. Tougher still in heavily 'houla'd regions. Same holds for the coonhound breeders. Hard to have that pet market. Hard to see any value in puppies not showing promise as workers.
There is no answer. I know there is a good end of your hog dog community (and no, I have no problem with hunting the ferals by whatever means necessary....Australia has even a more profound problem with cats, who have decimated species, as well as things like hogs, who are an environmental disaster on that landscape), but it's just one of those things where the good guys have to be willing to stir their pot and out the bad ones, as they earn everyone a poor reputation.
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