I'm curious...why is it that these particular breeds are so high in number for rescues? Is it because they are a difficult breed or is it because they are very popular so there is just a higher number of dogs given up?
They are breeds that people get because they are cute and popular. The trouble is that people get them without considering the type of care or amount of time that they need and then they end up becoming very unmanageable and end up at the pound :(
I'm sorry, but I don't agree with the way this is phrased. People should NOT consider "rescuing" a breed that doesn't fit their lifestyle simply because it shows up more often. These breeds are more common in rescue for *reasons*- they're popular and have quirks that don't make them the ideal pet for everyone.
A person should first and foremost consider their lifestyle, time availibility, financial position, family plans and future when choosing a breed- not be swayed by a list such as this- or those dogs will end up right back in the rescue system. And a dog rehomed multiple times is much less likely to find his "forever home".
It's a noble theory. But not really a good recommendation. A better plan is to just ask people to research and acquire the RIGHT pet for them the FIRST time- so they don't end up needing homes again later.
LongDogs- you are right in that people need to make SURE that the breed traits of the dog that they are planning on getting MUST realistically match their lifestyle (not just theoretically match the lifestyle that they would like to live) Oh ya, and every breed is 'quirky' in a way that doesnt make them ideal house pets for everyone, so I do not think that that can be pointed to as a reason why these breeds are in the shelters.
That said, there are quite a few breeds on that list and there is quite a bit of variation, from chihuahua to border collie to rottweiler so while people can still get a dog to match their lifestyle while helping a dog that is in need. At the same time, rescuing ANY dog from the shelter is saving a life, I am not sure that it matters what breed, if you save the ONLY dandy dinmont terrier in the pound you are still helping that one little soul that needed it.
The bottom line, if you can, adopt from the shelters, there are a lot of needy animals there but also make sure that you are prepared to properly care for ANY animal you take into your care.
***Edited By: emma_567 on 6/15/2005 11:41:27 AM*** Reason: oops
Actually, the interesting part of this list (and what I was insinuating with my "quirk" comment) is that every breed on it with only a few exclusions- is either a hunting, herding, sporting or working breed. All breeds that were bred to DO something.
I don't do much all breed rescue, but I can certainly speak for dachshunds. The most common reasons (honest ones- not the "oh, my kid just developed an allergy!" or the "We're moving into an apartment that doesn't allow pets [because my lazy @ss doesn't deem pet important enough to research such things]!") dachshunds are dumped include: Barking Digging Attacking small animals Potty training issues Stubbornness
What hound isn't prone to being vociferous? Why on earth would a person expect that a breed bred to hunt small animals in their burrows- might be a digger? Might not be safe around other small pets? And c'mon- a hound dog- bred to hunt on it's own, away from it's master, might be a little bit of a free thinker- and balk at your training attempts from time to time?
I am confident that Basset and Beagle rescues hear similar "reasons". That Husky rescues get "He just gets bored and destroys things!" And that ACD rescues get more than their share of "nippy" dogs, dumped because they tried to herd the kiddos.
Popularity is a LARGE part of what makes a breed common in rescue- and why Dalmation rescues cringed when 102 Dalmations came out- and Chihuahua rescues want Paris' head on a platter- but like I implied before- a breed's instincts play a nice part in their fate. Most people just AREN'T cut out to own many of those breeds.
Pit bulls and mixed breeds overwhelm our shelters in OK, LongDogs, children do develop allergies. My daughter for one did. BAD! My family went to AZ to visit and my dad has cats OMG her eye lids swelled shut and her face started swelling and getting blotchy it was a nightmare. I couldn't understand at first I thought it was just cats because we had Huskies. It was pet dander... I just always kept my dogs super super SUPER clean.
My daughters doctor said that she wouldn't be able to sleep with the dogs at night and that we would always have to watch her reaction around animals. So it is a legitimate reason at times, but ppl really should find good homes for their pet in such a case instead of dumping it off at the pound.
***Edited By: BluHusky on 6/15/2005 6:34:50 PM*** Reason: I had a bit more to add. :D