reply to post by littled16
To be clear, these are *not* mutts. Mutts are the result of uncontrolled breeding, most frequently with no human intervention. And yes, they tend to
be very healthy (but not always).
The funny part about this is calling them "hybrids" when that applies to every
dog breed out there. Every single one was created in this
I have mixed feelings about "designer dogs," mostly because the people doing the breeding are not educated about genetics. Most breeders have zero
idea what they are doing on the genetic side of things, actually.
However, creating new breeds is a good thing
. It introduces new genetics into quite isolated genetic pools (inbred).
If you start looking at a dog from a breeder, its not a bad idea to also look at newer breeds and look at their bloodlines to see if they have been
properly bred over time (by introducing new genetics).
So, the issues with designer dogs is slightly different than most think. One is that they tend to be smaller. Once a canine starts to deviate too
far from their original phenotypes (seen in the wolf), some extreme abnormalities can start to show up. Hearing starts to go downhill proportionally
as you go lighter than 20 pounds. Brachycephalic breeds also have enormous issues with everything from heat dissipation to breathing. Nature tends
to let us know when what we are doing has veered off course, and some of these breeds are actually incapable of giving birth naturally (with the rare
exception). They need to receive C-Sections (like the Boston Terrier).
Not all breeders are inept, thats a sure thing. However, many more are
than the breeding community would like to admit. Backyard breeders are
almost unanimously viewed in a negative light, but the real question to ask is "Does this breeder actually know what phenotypes are, or have they
educated themselves at all on the hard science of genetics?"
Most breeders think that just taking good care of their dogs is all that is needed, but its a much, much more in depth field than just seeing traits
and breeding for them.
Of course, then you have the outright scams, like this thread is about. That speaks to a whole 'nother set of problems.
Breeds like the Puggle, while straddling the line as far as weight goes, actually are a good thing for genetic lines. It certainly helps eliminate
health problems that are inherent with Pugs, although Beagles are generally healthy.
Canines have been by humanities side for a very, very long time. At some point, I think its important to take our responsibility in our participation
in eugenics and actually start to learn about what we are doing to a species which has "had our back" more than any
other in existence. Its
one of those things that we have gotten into that we cant just leave it be. So much meddling has been done, that it needs a truly scientific look at
what is going on currently, and where to take it from here. This is what a real breeder should be doing, without exception.
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