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04/27/2011

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Lotta D

Hmm so does the RSPCA think random dogs are bred for temperament, health, personality, ability to do a job, non shedding coats etc?
I cringe at the horrid life the mixes face when their natures can't fit their place in life, when their structure means they will be painfully crippled as older dogs, when their temperament is not suitable for today's society and when something as simple as shedding or barking may mean their lives will be shortened as they bounce from home to home. And that doesn't even count all the mixes with hereditary health issues which are even more widespread in mixes than in purebreds.
75-80% or more of all dogs in shelters are mixes - that sure seems to make it a much bigger problem that people create mutts than that they create purebreds.

Carlotta Cooper

Yes, but people start out with low expectations for mixed breed dogs. When they have health problems people don't think much of it. There is no one in particular to blame. Plus, people can feel very virtuous when they care for the poor things. If a purebred dog from a breeder has a health problem, boy, hallelujah! That should never occur! Those dogs are supposed to be perfect. Therefore, it must be that snotty breeder's fault, or the dog had to come from some kind of "mill." Someone has to be blamed for it.

Re Jemima Harrison, I really don't think her motives were as good as some people give her credit for. I was on the same canine genetics lists with her before and during the making of PDE. She had plenty of opportunity to talk to very good breeders and to gain a full understanding of what good breeders do, as well as how much testing breeders do in each breed. She chose to concentrate on the negatives. It's much more lucrative to sensationalize problems instead of showing what's being done to help them.

Krisi

It has been scientifically proven over and over again that mixed breeds are less likely to suffer from hereditary health issues than purebreds are. While there are some incredible breeders who do truly strive to improve breeds, the overwhelming crisis of superfluous companion animals being shunted from home to shelter and finally to euthanasia, made up of mixes and purebreds, should tell anyone who is paying attention that the unethical and "backyard" breeders far outweigh the conscientious breeders. The latter should be celebrated, and take up the hue and cry against the former to reduce the issues that are, in fact, cropping up in purebreds, and to reduce the amount of companion animals being cast off. If you are a conscientious breeder, you have nothing to fear from the exposure of the unethical people creating more animals purely for profit.

National Animal Interest Alliance

@Krisi: "scientifically proven over and over again" is a bit much to swallow. Yes, there have been a few studies (most from Sweden) that suggest mixed-breed dogs are perhaps longer lived and less likely to develop certain inheritable ailments. But it's not like there's a wealth of data out there right now -- insurance claims and vet school visits aside.

I also take issue with your line about conscientious breeders having nothing to fear from the exposure of unethical people. Not because your statement is wrong, per se, but because you're coming from a false premise: conscientious breeders have NO problem with unethical people being exposed and dealt with. In fact, they celebrate it.

No, what conscientious breeders have a problem with is films like Pedigree Dogs Exposed that sensationalize the issue and make it seem as if 90% of the people in their field are willfully ignorant and cruel. What conscientious breeders have a problem with is how the campaigns and legislation pushed by groups like HSUS have time and time again proven to be less effective at shutting down unethical breeders than making life miserable -- or impossible -- for the ethical ones who want to play by the rules.

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