reply to post by JeffreyCH
When I was doing a lot of research into this, there werent some of the resources available now! I was able to find a couple of the books I read, but
honestly, I think things like Google Scholar present even better resources.
First, here are two books. I was able to find one
, mostly, and one available on
. I found these two books pretty fascinating, though the
second linked book tends to be more engaging.
to Google Scholar. I havent actually
used it, but it seems to be an incredible
resource. I found that first book "mostly free" on there, and there seems to be a significant amount
Originally posted by Tholidor
Any and all assumptions made about a breed of dog based solely on their supposed "breeding" or "genetics" are invalid.
I am not so sure, genetics play a huge role in all of our lives. We make our decisions in our lives, but the foundation for it all is based on
genetics. Going to either extreme doesnt seem to be a good way to approach it. Genetics play a strong role in the different breeds, and that role
shouldnt be discarded. This can be seen most clearly in specific colorations of breeds. Each individual dog out there is different, so in that
respect, I agree. But a Border Collie, on a very
strong average, will be an energetic breed. "Thats what they were bred for." This is
specifically because of selective breeding, and essentially, eugenics.
A strong issue arises in the specific situation of breed demonization. As I said, this directly attracts
the type of people that will use this
type of biology to single out unhealthy traits, such as aggression. Generally, aggression in this sense can directly correlate to "unstable." This
is not referring to territorial or protective dogs, those behaviors are based strongly in the original phenotype (Canis Lupus). It is when the
breeder tries to get "mean" dogs, and similar goals. This is either a learned behavior, or based in genetic instability. Either way, it means the
dogs that are being bred are, at best, being bred for a trait that is not going to be passed on. At worst, they are passing on the genetic
instabilities that are direct results of our medling. Many also do not understand exactly what they are doing, and have no long-term goal in mind for
their bloodlines. But if there is a standard at all
to their dogs, they are still practicing selective genetics. Its a huge responsibility to
be a good breeder, they are responsible for the genetic integrity of other beings. And it is certainly too late in that game to reverse the effects
we have had on the Canid.
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