|Barked: Tue Dec 2, '08 2:57pm PST |
|Just chiming in with a couple of points.
The speuter contract here is NOT stemming from any ethical principle, but rather is the breeders' attempt to "control the blood" - to protect his resource by being sure he is the only one who can be breeding the mini Dals he is offering. I have seen this done by a number of "extreme" breeders. If they get, let's say, a teacup size dog few others are able to come up with, they will only sell on a speuter to be sure no one else can start supplying what they can.
Secondly, in my earlier post I said some of the head structures on these poor dogs was indicatin a toy cross, the Chi grapevine guess sort of vibing with what I was seeing structurally. At the time, and now, I have grave concerns about this breeding program, and it makes me terrifically sad. The Dalmatian is a good sized breed of dog, but one more reactive than is typical for his size class. Under improper treatment, he has more of a tendency to be snappy, sappy or neurotic. The unique Dalmatian personality, which has many strengths, suffered greatly with the popularity explosion after "the" movie came out. Given the Dal tendencies, I find crossing with toys, who tend to be sharper and more reactive typically, the potential stability of temperament on these puppies is of great concern, and, as noted, very sad for the potential fallout and dog lives who will suffer for such a stupid pursuit born from some spoiled brat objectives.
Very depressing. Makes my stomach turn.
Edited by author Tue Dec 2, '08 3:02pm PST
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