|Barked: Fri Jun 29, '12 8:25am PST |
|Zephyr: " The 2% are whoops litters from breeders with well-bred dogs"
Thank you, they do exist. Lucille is from such a litter. Her sire was an AKC titled Dale, an absolutely stellar dog I knew well. His owner was good friends with an owner of a Std poodle, also shown AKC. That guy died and his family was leaving his house to take the female to the pound because no one wanted to care for her or bother to re-home her. So Dale owner took her in and was in the process of trying to rehome her that week when...He didn't missmate shot because he's a bit old-fashioned, not a mutt hater and was confident he could find good homes. All littermates are thriving to this day.
It's a tough time to own a cross right now. I've gotten tons of flak, but I guess if I claim to have rescued her I'd be ok with those folks. I only paid the cost of her vet bills, though.
Hybrid is a scientifically accurate term that can also be used. I know veterinarians who specialize in conserving genetic material and they use the term in this context: "The second type of hybrid consists of crosses between populations, breeds or cultivars within a single species. This meaning is often used in plant and animal breeding, where hybrids are commonly produced and selected because they have desirable characteristics not found or inconsistently present in the parent individuals or populations. This flow of genetic material between populations or races is often called hybridization.'
Sometimes it's intentional with reasonable purpose. In the US if you own a 'hybrid grey' it's likely you own a cross between an AKC grey and an NGA grey. They're trying to improve their AKC dogs for lure coursing (years of breeding for conformation only has not helped them on the course to put it mildly) by bringing in NGA genes because those dogs are bred for speed and function. AKC was allowing them to be registered, then it went back and forth.
I have issues with the practice to make money only and sucker in folks who impulse buy and/or know very little about dog breeds in general. I agree that Dogster is missing an opportunity here to educate about the aftermath we see in rescue from mills and BYBs producing for the cute name fad.
ETA: Typos galore.
Edited by author Fri Jun 29, '12 8:33am PST
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