|Barked: Mon Aug 16, '10 9:28am PST |
|There is a lot to be said for hybrid vigor. Case in point is the dalmation/pointer cross project to alleviate the life threatening bladder stones 'pure' dalmations are notorious for.
Just to remain pure, these dogs suffer. SUFFER. Its insanity.
So, these are purpose bred crosses which maintain the 'look' of the dalmation with the health that all dogs deserve in their short lives.
I would never want my Buckley to be either Beagle or Bichon, I'm thrilled with his mix, he's perfect. Healthy. Happy. A-freaking-dorable. In fact, the healthiest and most loyal dogs I have owned/fostered were mixes of breeds. APBT mixes make my heart melt, they are by far my favorite.
If there was more RESPONSIBLE breeding practices among "pure" dog breeds - would we be able to eliminate congenital-hereditary disorders like allergies? hip dysplasia? luxating patella? IBD? Heart issues? Thyroid issues? Things that seriously take quality out of the life of the dog.
I'm all for the ending of needless death in unwanted, shelter dogs (pure and outcrossed) but I'm also all for those with two intact dogs to act ethically and responsibly, regardless of breed or purpose. Until these things sink in to the dog owner's head as important and things to be taken seriously, regardless of genetic make-up, dogs will continue to suffer at our hands.
It's a shame.
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