*The American Kennel Club has a program called "Breeder of Merit" which is SUPPOSED to reassure you that a particular breeder is ethical and doing all they can to produce dogs that are healthy through screenings for their particular breeds being produced.. Unfortunately, participation in this program is completely by choice and in no way mandated by the AKC. Also, once a breeder is named in the program, they appear to possibly neglect to ensure these screenings are in fact taking place. Their application says "be prepared to supply proof upon request". Seems there should be stricter regulations in place to become AKC registered.
*Breed standards have in fact changed over the years. The people in this video claim breed standards have been in place for hundreds of years, but they only talk about the bulldog. What about the German Shepard, for example? German Shepards, who once had straight backs now regularly have roach , or curved, backs. These changes have caused problems with balance, back legs, and hip dysplasia. Standards have changed in many other breeds as well. The Pekingese is another that has been "adjusted". They once had larger skulls, longer legs, and longer noses. There were some crosses between Shih Tzus and Pekingnese to "correct" these features and what has resulted are many shorter nosed dogs with severe breathing issues. Unfortunately many breeders deny or downplay the health issues that have cropped up from this selective breeding. The good news is that there are many good intentioned people are out there working on health committees within breed clubs trying to better the health of their dogs. They're encouraging genetic testing, no inbreeding and eliminating extreme breed characteristics, but that's all they are...words of encouragement, not yet enforced.
*It's important to actually SEE your puppy and it's parents before purchasing from a breeder. Pet stores are never the place to find your new pup. Make sure your breeder is doing the proper health screenings for their breeds. There are MANY ethical, good breeders out there doing exactly the right thing for the health and betterment of their breeds. If a breeder is not your game, then of course a great option is RESCUE!
*Obviously I own a Goldendoodle, or as many would say, a mutt! I do understand many look down upon that kind of hybrid breeding. Yes, while this dog came about from mating two different breeds, what many people don't realize is that many purebreed standards came about with "mix ins" from other breeds. My breeder did do health testing and I felt she was conscious about the health of her pups.
*I am not in any way judging how people get their dogs. I'm just in favor of better health and longer lives for our beloved pups.
|My "purebred dog" and my "mutt"|