|Barked: Wed Dec 9, '09 6:51pm PST |
|I'm not against the breeding of dogs to better suit the modern condidtion.
However, I do not believe traits inherit in the breed should be bred out, for the simple sake of becoming house pets. To take away what makes a breed unique, is to take away all that the dog is.
All dogs are capable of adapting. Labs were bred to retrieve water fowl, now they retrieve tennis balls. Great Pyrenees were bred to guard the field and flocks, now they guard our homes.
Breeding away from extremes is more the appropriate solution. An EXTREMELY protective dog is bred to be more selectively and sanely protective. Such was the way of the Doberman. Don't remove these traits from the dog, just adapt them to what is currently needed. If the dog cannot adapt, then it cannot survive in our modern world. Some breeds, I feel, will die out because of this, else remain well kept secrets for only those that truly fancy them. Such is the way of the Caucasian Ovcharka.
As for breeds with crippling health defects, yes, I believe we can and should preserve them as best we can. Some of the most compromised dogs are some of the most important. I know I'm biased, but how many people can really imagine a world without GSDs? The services they provide are invaluable to us. Perhaps other breeds could take their place (I don't believe so, but that's just an opinion), but how long before they, too, fall victim to our vicious cycle? Any dog that sees wide use is going to be corrupted by man... to destroy that which we love is simply in our nature.
Its funny, actually. The things that make these dogs stand out, indeed what makes them great... is often their biggest downfall. In the case of the GSD, people were SO in love with them, and they had SO much potential, that people took them and molded in them what they wanted to see. They were like clay. Each artist sculpted into them what they wanted. The problem with this, however, is no one was quite able to see the same thing. Some saw a dog with endless work ethic, a compact and powerful body, and an a character who never wore his heart on his sleeves. Others saw a large, delicate, handsome breed that never met a stranger, and was a friend to all. The problem with all this is that once you start developing "types", you usher in the prejudices. "Our dogs are better, we need to dissociate ourselves with THOSE people's dogs". You breed type to type for so long, that eventually you have such grotesque extremes as the ski-sloped American, and the overly aggressive German. Its a tragedy, really.
But that's just me rambling on, I guess
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