|Barked: Sat Aug 14, '10 9:58am PST |
One reason mutts shouldn't be deliberately bred is that there are endless mixes in shelters being put to sleep.
Another reason being that when you mix 2 dogs, the results are a gamble between breed traits.
Yes, there are many homeless purebreds as well. And most of us here do have adopted shibas, as well as adopted mutts and other breeds.
No one is 'against' the dogs themselves, but against the unnecessary breeding of them while so many are being euthanized, as well as breeding dogs that don't have a predictable outcome.
Yes, there are many health issues with purebreds. Also many health issues with mixed breeds. Usually the health problems with purebreds come from bad breeding, not the fact that they are purebreds.
A good breeder has their breeding dogs- and it's ancestry- checked for potential health and temperament problems. A good breeder will NOT breed a dog who will pass along genetic defects. So a purebred, if from a good breeder, has very minimal chance of having all those 'breed specific' flaws you hear so much about.
Good breeders of purebred dogs are breeding mainly for the sake of improving their breed. They don't breed litters for fun or specifically as pets. The main intentions are to keep the breed healthy and good tempered while maintaining the appearance and spirit of the breed.
Getting a well-bred purebred dog you can know the size, appearance, temperament, and health it will be.
There are exceptions to every rule of course, but getting an unhealthy dog from a reputable purebred breeder is rare. Getting an unhealthy purebred from a pet store or backyard breeder is much more likely.
The people who deliberately breed mixes are not breeding to enhance a breed or for health, etc. all these designer breeds are more of a "what will these 2 breeds' puppies look like and what cute new name can I call them to sell them?"
A good breeder doesn't mix their lines into other breeds. It is pointless to try and make new mixes in a world where we have countless amounts of dogs being euthanized.
However I do know there are purebreds that have health problems because of the way they are shaped- usually the breeds bred to have very exaggerated unnatural features. I do think it's wrong to keep breeding purebreds that have piles of health problems because we want them to look a certain way (such as bulldogs).
I feel that when the way a dog is designed means that it's going to live a very unhealthy life, then the standard needs to be changed to allow new shape to make the breed healthier. If having a leaner body and slightly longer face would prevent all the health issues of a bulldog, then they should start making that change.
If mixing a new breed had a genuine purpose that they were going for, then that would also be a different story than random people breeding mutts. If they discovered that mixing 2 breeds over generations to make a new purebred that was much more effective at something to help humans then I couldn't argue with that. Like a dog that was much superior to a German Shepherd at search and rescue, etc. Most of the breeds we know were made by mixing breeds in the past to get the traits needed for certain jobs.
But in our world today, where humans have turned this into a very disposable world, we have let our beautiful companion species overbreed without reason and now have shelters and streets overrun with dogs (and cats) dying because humans let it get that way.
Unless you are breeding for a genuine reason keeping your breed healthy, there is no humane reason to be bringing more dogs into the world while the numbers being euthanized are heart-shattering.
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