|Barked: Wed Mar 27, '13 12:56pm PST |
|Ok, that's fine. I am sure you love your dogs and nothing I say disregards that. They are not Miniature Schnauzers, however, nor per the basic ethics have they been responsibly bred, as will be outlined here.
FIRSTLY, the Schnauzers are not size varieties. They are three distinct breeds, the Giant and Mini rooting off the Standard Schnauzer. Each of these dogs had different functions and expectations and are distinct, unlike something such as the Poodles. Forebearers of the Mini link back to the 1400's, with more concerted attempts, which primarily focused on breeding the Mini down with the Affenpinscher. The latter was a fine choice due to the correct coat and his bold, terrier-esque temperament. All, by the way, GERMAN. Schnauzers are German dogs. Australian Shepherds would make blood very hard to stabilize and are an overt breeding away from correct Mini type and character. They are a herding breed with a soft temperament who lack the specific balance the Schnauzers are famed for. Much has been done with the Minis to make them the most even and non reactive of the Schnauzers. Crossing in herding blood is not what you do.
If one wants to consider the subject of outcrossing, they could reference the Dalmatian project, where the Pointer was selected to introduce genetic diversity. Type was not significantly deviating from that of the Dalmatian, things such as energy level and function were not counter between the breeds. Aussies are a very poor choice for an outcross. Their type is counter, their function is counter, the sensitivity and reactivity to occur (typical with herding breeds) is decidedly UN Schnauzer, and given their plethora of health problems, far from an ethical selection.
As for health testing....there is none. What health testing has been done on your dog's parents? The answer is likely slim to none, as it would require a lot more than blood tests. I diligently went through EVERY breeder listed on the MSCA. Not one, not ONE, breeder health tests. No eye problems you say? Fine - where is the CERF testing? What about cardio exams?
There is also no breed standard listed on the MSCA. You cannot standardize without a standard. The type on these dogs is bloody awful if they are to be considered Schnauzers. THIS is what a correct Mini looks like. Type on the sites is not only weak where seldom a good headpiece....a true hallmark of this breed....can be found, and the coats also are awful (ok if they are not Schnauzers, which THEY ARE NOT), but in the occasional examples where a breeder dares list an actual pedigree, they are incredibly weak, puppy mill-ish pedigrees which make no use of the top bloodlines of today that yield a top Mini in terms of health, type and character. Which is not a surprise as no decent Mini breeder would sell one of their own into these sorts of programs.
Summary....if the subject is Miniature Schnauzers, this is not the right site to promote the merle Mini. Not by my say so but by the general consensus of community members.
The proof is in the pudding and the MSCA site is available for all to review at their own discretion. I think it says LOADS, and none of it good.
Not to say individuals can't be very nice dogs or are not loved by the people. But they are not Miniature Schnauzers, they are not a breed, and a review of breeder sites would find ethical practices oh so sorely lacking.
Edited by author Wed Mar 27, '13 1:10pm PST
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