Sorry in advance for the length. I just need to rant!
I just back from visiting my family in Pennsylvania. I have never appreciated the way they treat their animals but this trip was particularly bad. My Aunt has a 5 year old Shih Tzu female. She is not a good representation of the breed at all (I'm no expert though). My cousin (aunt's daughter) has a male who seems to me to be oversized. Because they are both the same breed they decided they should breed them. No health testing not sure they've even seen a veterinarian. Luckily the male "couldn't get the job done". I think another breeding is planned for the next heat cycle.
I go over to another cousins house (son to the aunt and brother to the cousin) they have a 6 year old Maltese. Again not a good representation of the breed. My cousin informs me that his wife just wanted their dog to have one litter before she was spayed so she would know what it's like to be a woman! She's not a woman, she's a dog and doesn't know the difference! They couldn't find a male maltese in time so they bred her to a poodle! At least they gave the puppies away instead of charging an arm and a leg for them.
I try to talk to them and educate them but they think I'm the crazy, animal freak family member and don't listen. At least they only had 2 dogs tied in the yard this time, 10 years ago it was 4. AAAGGHHHHH!
u think thats rough my aunt owned a dachie name fea(ugly in spanish) and she wanted her to have puppies and feel like a mother so she bred her to her chow bear who was three times her size...fea was a mini dachie also...she had pups they look soo ugly espically since she was a wire dachie and he just an ugly chow....