|Barked: Tue Mar 26, '13 9:34pm PST |
|First of all, it is pureBRED, not pure bread unless you are getting a recipe from a cookbook.
Secondly, there is a BIG difference. Done right, dogs are tested to ensure they screen free of genetic illness and with some conditions that develop over time are tested annually to ensure they are are not starting to occur. Secondly, believing that only superior individuals should be bred, dogs are shown and earn titles by being judged best against other dogs of their breed. In the optimum, dogs will also be shown in a venue of some kind to establish their trainability and mind, such as in obedience or agility. There is tremendous dedication, time and expense that goes behind all this, all to ensure that only stellar individuals are being produced, which is an assurance most expect when purchasing a breeder puppy.
I am not of the intention to make anyone feel inferior. I certainly did not bring up the subject of incorrect color, I was only responding to that not being a Miniature Schnauzer. In terms of being mutts, in 1926 the breed was officially recognized. That is by my count 87 years since there has been ANY crossbred considered to be a Miniature Schnauzer. All to be registered since that time without deception were the product of breeding Mini to Mini.
As for your breeder, they have sold you two puppies, one male and one female. A lot of people here would have a LOT to say about the ethics of that. Whatever your intentions so be it, but there is no way, no how you will get a lot of support here for your breeders ethics not being dubious. That is not what you do if you are doing it right, and there are FAR more people than just me on here who will rebel against merle Minis being Miniature Schnauzers at all. They are not. They are BYB dogs, they are in no way condoned by the national breed club, and no Mini breeder worth their salt (or pepper) would have dogs they have devoted their lives to bettering be involved in such a breeding enterprise.
That is not to say that individuals can't be very nice dogs loved by their owners. But they are rarely health tested, have no titles, do not stem from top stock, and thereby it's luck of the draw as to how healthy or balanced they will be. Particularly from a breed that notoriously suffers on both issues when bred indiscriminately. If one wants a Mini, they are great dogs. Heavily milled and BYB'd and suffering from a long list of health problems and temperament instability because of it, the ONLY place to get a Mini and be reasonably assured you are getting just that, as well as one healthy and sound in mind, is to go to someone who devotes their lives to the BREED, belongs to the national breed club and all its health committees, specialities on so on, and who titles and tests.
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