|Barked: Tue Dec 13, '11 6:38am PST |
|IMO, to give a short answer, No. To give a long one...
If you have a genuine NEED, for VERY particular traits, and you have the funds, resources, SPACE, and a good knowledge and understanding of genetic and inheritance, you may take it into consideration. In this day and age, we no longer have a real need, for most of the extreme working breeds we once created, with the advancement in urban sprawl and feed lots, there is nearly no need left for most herding dogs, and pretty much nearly all draft work has been wiped out by advancements in mechanical vehicles.
But, our ever changing world does still open a window for a need in other areas. Just take a look at the Sulimov dog, a "cross-breed" being created as a super bomb detection dog.
However, given that, when it comes down to reality, the vast majority of what I see day in and day out as "the average purposefully bred cross/mix", NO! They don't need to happen, nearly all of them were created by someone who either "thought it would be cute" or "though they could make some cash", and where do MOST of these dogs end up in a few years? The pounds, shelters, rescues, on the street, or the ever more popular, Craigslist, in fact most of them start their journey after puppyhood on Craigslist, or in a local paper. We have today, an influx of "pets" we can not give enough homes to. We don't need to make more "pets". Even with purebreds, we have far to many "pets". I'm not saying you don't have the right to breed, just because some dimwit thought he could make money opening a breeding farm of (insert your breed here) and now there are dozens of them homeless across your county, and state, but seriously take a good look at WHY you want to breed, and what it is that justifies this dog you have to be bred.
Those are just a few of my thoughts on the matter, but is the general summery.
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