|Barked: Mon Nov 19, '07 7:35pm PST |
|"I totally understand your point. It is up to the prospective owner to decide what they are comfortable with. If a breeder has certain qualities that you like, but is lacking another, it is up to the prospective owner to decide if that is a deal breaker or not. Maybe it is. Maybe it isn't. "
Byron, I think this is very well said. I have to wonder how far it goes though.
I currently am well acquainted with a 20 year Tibetan Spaniel show breeder, who has littered two litters of Tibetan Spaniel/Cavaliers from her Champion Tibbie stud. She has her reasons for doing so, and I completely support them. She has retained a pup or two from each litter for her purposes. I would have to delve long into toy spaniel history and Cavalier health to explain what the reasons are for the mix, so I won't.
Yet, constantly, I here absolute and blanket statements that categorize breeders who would breed mixed breed dogs as disreputable.
I am a fan of genetics, canine diversity, and outcross projects, and admittedly am very skeptical that any of us should be following this kennel club idea of "breed purity". (Frankly, I liked breeds as they existed for thousands of years before closed stud books were imposed - as broader breed types.)
I am well acquainted with more than one very reputable breeder who does not necessarily breed purebred dogs.
I highly recommend this book by Don McCaig, The Dog Wars
This statement by him reflect my thoughts very well.
"McCaig generously suggests that the AKC is guided by something else -- a vision that can best be described as religious in nature, since it seems to operate both independent of fact and based on faith alone.
And what is that faith? McCaig writes:
Throughout the fight, I kept stumbling over a simple truth without quite seeing it: dog fanciers and their creature, the AKC, really do believe that what is most valuable about any dog can be judged in the show ring, "that the show ring is the sole legitimate purpose and reward for all dog breeding. They even believe, against all evidence, that the show ring 'improves' breeds."
I too believe, "It is up to the prospective owner to decide what they are comfortable with."
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