|Barked: Sat Jun 30, '12 1:26am PST |
|The main things, for me, are health testing, proper birth-to-new-home care and socialization, and providing good homes for the dogs (ie, some form of screening and taking the dog back if placement doesn't work out). Beyond that, I'm pretty flexible to be perfectly honest.
Maybe it's because I come from more of a toy breed enthusiast end of things, where most of the dogs' original purpose WAS just to be cute and lovable, but I don't really relate much to the "breed for a purpose" argument. If someone wants to cross two (or more) breeds, and their only purpose in doing so is because they want a dog with a particular set of traits and they can't find them in any one breed (which, yes, does happen), then as long as they do it responsibly, I'm fine with that. Part of doing it responsibly, of course, is letting their puppy buyers know that they might get any jumble of traits from the two parent breeds (especially on a first-generation cross). But for people who love both parent breeds and just can't decide between the two, a crossbreed is a good option. Just like it can be a good option for someone who wants some traits from one and some from the other provided they can do it right.
I do think because the vast majority of mixed-breed (or "designer") dogs ARE bred so irresponsibly, articles like this should provide some information about choosing a good breeder (at least a link to another article would be good!). But so should articles about purebred dogs, to be honest. There should just be more information out there about the importance of genetic health testing, proper care of parent dogs, and early socialization in general - that would solve the problem faster than demonizing designer dogs and/or shaming people for wanting one, which is as likely to make people feel defensive (and therefore more likely to dig in their heels and stick to their chosen course) as it is to change anything.
So let the cutesy names stay, I say! Just educate people about responsible puppy buying and the rest will take care of itself.
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