|Barked: Thu Mar 28, '13 11:11am PST |
|See, on the one hand, I CAN see the side of things where they're getting dogs adopted by people that would otherwise go to a byb. But on the other, I can see it promoting a whole slew of dogs that are being irresponsibly bred... Like Tiller said, it endorses the idea that they're 'breeds', not mixes, and it encourages the naming of such dogs to boot.
Someone commented, asking what the heck a 'pocket' pittie is, and if she's just tiny for her breed, or if she was purposefully bred to be that size... Unfortunately, the rescues response was that "it's just a term used because he's so little compared to most pitties. He could fit in your pocket. It is not a term being used by designer breeders as far as we know."
So... I decided to respond. "Unfortunately, there ARE people out there breeding for various 'pocket breeds' on PURPOSE. Pitbulls included. There are Pocket Beagles, Pocket Bulldogs, Pocket Rottweilers, Pocket Pitbulls, you name it, right now. Irresponsible backyard breeders will use any marketing technique they can to SELL SELL SELL. They are often bred to be small like that on purpose, unless in the instance of an accidental litter. They are not purebred dogs, and are most often crossed with smaller breeds to achieve that tiny stature. I think that if -rescue- is going to use the term, it'll be a good opportunity for them to educate people on irresponsible byb and puppymills and encourage adoption through rescue. I'm personally not a fan of rescues using the terms often used by byb's, but that's a personal preference. I prefer to call it what it is, "Tiny pitbull mix."
I'm hoping I didn't come off judgmental on the rescue, or snarky, but rather, that it came off as more educational and a friendly suggestion...
People regularly think Charlie is either LARGE for a Beagle, or SMALL for a Beagle. When they think large, it's because of all the tiny Beagles they see... When they think small, it's because they often see overweight Beagles all over the place. Charlie is a fit, 25-ish lb Beagle at the age of five, who stands at about 16" at the shoulder. I think he's PERFECT, either way. But I get that all the time too, Oz. People are thrown off when they see a Beagle that's fit, and of good size, lol.
It makes me wonder though... I mean, yeah, there's certain mixes I LIKE, but that doesn't mean I'll go and support them, or their designer names... I just keep my eye out for mixes similar in shelters. That said, there are also those that scare me and I don't think should ever be mixed because of what the breeds are.
I also feel the same as Tiller.. I can understand the point of view of trying to 'adopt' out these dogs based on these techniques, but... It's just not something that I agree with at this point.. I agree with Jewel too.. It could backfire and go the opposite way. "Oh, maybe I'll find a 'good' breeder of this 'breed'."
In the instance of this rescue though, it appears it was simply lack of education on the matter... I don't personally know who runs their Facebook page, but that's how it appears by their response to the lady asking about it.
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