|Barked: Sun May 26, '13 10:06pm PST |
|...this is a hypothetical situation. I am sincerely interested in people's opinions, this is not a set up for a specific response or with the intent to get people wound up. Rather, it is something I have thought quite a bit about, and am on the fence on personally, so am hoping I will get the full range of opinions on.
As the hypothetical breeder, I commit to (and execute on) the following in pursuit of creating superior performance dogs--for agility, OB/rally, flyball, etc;
- breeder produces on average one litter a year as deemed appropriate/timely, in the house, with extensive socialization, house breaking, exposure to new surfaces, noises, etc
- both parents of the litter are titled performance dogs with possible, but not required, confirmation titles
- both parents are proven to show above average to superior temperaments for their chosen sports and environments
- we follow all the appropriate health testing in relation to the parents' breeds
- we research pedigrees in an attempt to avoid potential health issues, but disclose any possible issues to buyers
- require spueter agreement with buyers as well as a "take back" clause
- parents and puppies are raised on wholesome and holistic diets and follow up-to-date vaccination protocols
...you see where I am going with this. But here's the punchline.
This breeding will not produce a "purebred" liter. Instead it will produce a litter of "hybrid" working/sport dogs, bred to perform above and beyond the standards of its respective sport genres.
Ex. See Border-Staffy, Border-Whippet, etc. Perhaps an Italian Russell (IG x Jack), or a Belgian Staffy (Mal x Pittie)? All of which in the right circumstances could produce phenomenal sport dogs.
Designer dogs? Yes, maybe. But not to make a buck, rather, purpose bred with proven parents and guaranteed homes. Is this a breach of ethics?
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