The AKC & Integrity—clarification

I think that you will see, if you read the comments people made, that  many people think that  breeders should not be responsible for the many  unwanted dogs of their breed. They  claim there is a huge demand for PUPPIES and that people who buy puppies should be—what?  More mature?  More honest with themselves?

I made a claim that for every puppy sold—of some breeds:  Basenji, Shiba Inu, Jack Russell Terriers—one ends up in rescue.

What I should have said was: for every  dog  registered in some breeds (the ones I mentioned) an adult dog ends up in rescue.

One  responder  suggested that I  check out  The National Council on Population. They have a list of why dogs are surrendered to shelters.

I’ve heard them all:  moving, ‘no time for the dog’, child allergic, can’t afford.

I used to coordinate a rescue for a breed club.  Amazing the number of people who choose to move to a place where they can’t keep the dog. Do you really think these people every really loved the dogs they bought as puppies & bonded to them?  I sure don’t.  One reason that is not in the top 10 list at this site is: “We don’t like the dog’s personality.”

& that is the reason many breeds:  Soft-coated Wheaten Terriers, Afghan Hounds, Basenjis, & Shiba Iun end up in rescue.  Their owners decided that they really aren’t as cute as they look.  & breeders don’t tell buyers the adult personality fo the dog may be different than the dog’s puppy personality.  I also wonder how many   breedes have buyers sign contracts stating they will neuter their pets AND take them through  at least 12 weeks of novice obedience training.

Is it really just me?  Or am I really wrong to think that when you choose a breed, you are really concerned particularly about  the welfare of all those dogs of that breed?  I can’t believe the number of people who responded to me that if they sell a puppy (or a commercial breeder does)—that they should not feel responsible for that pup—that life they brought into the  world.

A guy who recently posted a litter of puppies on Craigslist in Chicago he claimed to have rescued (turned out he bred the litter—but I’ve addressed the lack of integrity of people posting puppies on Craigslist) asked me if I thought he should euthanize them.

That’s always a trap—but I am not falling in.   Hell—yes!  I’d much rather they be humanely euthanized than be crushed into a crate too small for them to stand up & turn around in, or kept is a dark basement, or a cold garage—or my very favorite—tied out in the back yard. Some people really think—“Well, at least they are alive!”  Having rescued dogs in these situations, and having had to euthanize many—I’d euthanize my own dogs before risking them be abused & neglected.

Many people have now seen the AP story of the L.A. area Chihuahuas being dumped at the rate of over 300 a week, and being transported to other  states.  Most are not housebroken & will not find permanent homes outside the rescues.  The backyard breeders who claim to not be breeders (they post every day in most cities on Craigslist) continue to add to the problem.  Mandatory spay/neuter will not stop them.  Hobby breeders with the attitude that they’d rather  euthanize pups they can’t find good homes for might.

I started doubting myself, & then I came across an article in the Sept./Oct 2009 BARK magazine:  ” The Cost of Perfection,” by Beverley Cuddy.  She was actually addressing a BBC (British television) expose on poorly bred purebred dogs (particularly the bracheocephalics—the dog pet buyers demand), called Pedigree Dogs Exposed.  It addressed the lack of genetic health and soundness of purebred dogs—en masse.  What interested me about  Ms. Cuddy’s take was her information about the Swedish Kennel Club, and how proactive they are d about not only addressing the integrity of purebred dogs, but also making  their breeders responsible—thus protecting consumers. What a concept!  I would bet the AKC would fold before demanding any such thing from the  fancier/breeders of purebred dogs.

I don’t intend to blog about this again for a while.

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