QUOTE(poverton @ 21st Aug 2008, 3:39 pm)
Linking on to the other thread, I've been thinking about what the best solutions are for everyone.
I think there are two options, am I right? (putting all emotions aside for a moment)
1. To rescue a cross breed, full Mongrel with no apparent health issues and neuter.
2. To purchase a health checked puppy from a REPUTABLE breeder, who is experienced in genetics for dog breeding, has a long pedigree supporting diversity, and has health checked the dog and bitch prior to mating.
Then, to neuter all the rest, and PTS dogs that will suffer due to inherited diseases.
Am I getting there?
Am trying to get a grip on this.
my thoughts are reflected as posted on the other thread
to point 1 - i'd say no, there are plenty of x's/ full mongrels with health probs - often not shown til later in life. mixes may well give a risk depending on the breeds involved even though diluted. 'breeds' have thier place - without the extremes of 'looks' - cos that all i can see thats involved aside from money tbh!
point 2. yep i'd agree - to an extent, health checks etc yes, but long pedigrees equalls problems and ch wins which brings us right back round again to the other thread and the link to showing, genetics would take a tumble.
3rd point - neutering yes - pts no, as many of these problems dont show properly til later in life. again back round to how to prevent it.
maybe its one of those things where its up to the powers that be that only dogs who are proven to be of sound mind and health without the extremes are bred from - in which case brings be back to random testing/ or full certificated dogs are allowed to show and breed, if not then only neutered - if showing isnt about breeding then why do they only allow entire animals?
not sure how much of an answer that was but those are me thoughts lol!