In keeping with our guest post theme this week, I'm sharing this thoughtful and well-written post from KnobNotes - a friend here in CO. We met with her over dinner awhile ago and we think there is an opportunity to open a dialogue about breeding with our readers.
To go on the record, I know a number of established, responsible, caring breeders and I can understand some people's desire to have a Great Dane, or a Golden Retriever. The people I know who are interested in purebred dogs or cats purchase them from responsible breeders - not puppy mills. But, some of us, some pet parents, some folks who are devoted to the mixed-breed dog and cat, and to obtaining pets from a shelter or rescue, have a skewed idea about breeders and their purpose in life.
I think this post will help people understand a bit more about the responsible side of breeding animals. We're hoping to begin a conversation so leave your comments but don't be rude, inflammatory, or insulting. It's a conversation, not a shouting match.
Now, on to the Case for Purebred Dogs:
The Case for Purebred Dogs From a Different Perspective
I was pleased to see an Australian Terrier walk by my booth, a personal favorite because I showed one to a Best of Opposite Sex award the first time I showed a dog at Westminster Kennel Club.The Australian Terrier was the first Australian breed to be recognized and shown in its native land, and was also the first Australian breed to be accepted officially. The Aussies are pretty proud of this scrappy little dog.
Tibetan Mastiffs are considered by many to be the basic stock from which most modern large working breeds, including all mastiffs and mountain dogs, have developed. Though they are hard to find in present day Tibet, they are still bred by the nomads of the Chang-Tang plateau and live at an average altitude of 16,000 feet. The Mastiffs guarded not only the flocks of goats, sheep and yak,but the women and children, as well, and traditionally they protected the Jokhang Temple, the holiest temple for Tibetan Buddhists, The breed was so highly regarded by Tibetans that they made special collars for the dogs called Kekhors (see above) made of precious yak wool.
Speaking of "ends," I conclude here with one more "culturally precious" breed you've not yet met. I didn't see one of these at the festival, but I came home to several of them: the Puli. I'd grown up with stories about the Pulik my mother had as pets in Hungary, and knew that because of the breed's protective nature, German and Soviets soldiers shot them on sight during the war, including my grandparents' dog. It was years before I could find a Puli puppy in this country, but I finally found "Makos," in 1978 and remain good friends with her breeder to this day. I'll forever remember the first time I showed my mother my new Puli - the first time she laid eyes on one since escaping out of Hungary. She hugged the puppy and cried.
As for anyone who wonders about that horse, it ended well. He was ultimately rescued and restored to his place in the sun, chomping on hay contentedly.