Since "Purebreedlover" chose to resurrect an ancient post ("Help Please", 4/26/08, Post # 24, now locked), I figure I might as well respond to his/her post in which they defend their mutt-of-choice (Westie/Cairn mixes). To begin with, your chosen screen name is a misnomer unless, of course, you do indeed also happen to love purebred dogs. Your statement:
"For all you people who think an Avon terrier is not a pure breed: How do you think they started ALL breeds of dogs?"
Earth to "Purebreedlover", my dictionary's definition of "purebred" is: "Of or pertaining to an animal whose ancestors derive over many generations from a recognized breed." (Emphasis added) How you can even remotely suggest that Westie/Cairn mixes ("avon terriers") fit that definition is beyond me.
Also, in going to your (in my humble opinion) BYB's web site I noticed that they even offer 3 to 7 year old dogs for sale - none of which are "housebroke". Now that speaks volumes about just how much "TLC" & socialization these poor dogs very obviously do not receive, & that absolutely breaks my heart!
***Edited By: Lucky Lady on 4/30/2008 12:41:35 AM*** Reason: *
Dogs have taught me all I need to know about life, love, loyalty, & laughter; & (heartbreakingly), loss & "letting go" of a loved one as well. God bless ‘em…
I don't understand the need to create all these mixed breeds. There are so many existing breeds of dogs , that it seems like there must be one to fit any circumstance and appearence and desired behavior. To just mate any two dogs because someone is curious as to what the offspring will look like is not responsible breeding ethics and no one who practices such behavior is entitled to call them selves a responsible breeder. To intentionally create mutts so a person can advertise them as "designer" breeds is so low on the ethics scale it drops off the bottom. Hybrid vigor is such a falacy. Unless the two dogs being mated are each of exceptional quality and have been tested and cleared of "all" the common diseases in their respective breeds, there is no way of knowing what the offspring may get from the gene pool. I can't imagine someone having excellant quality dogs wasting their traits on creating "mutts". So saying someone is a responsible breeder when they are breeding mutts is equal to saying week old road kill doesn't stink.
I find the statement about creating the perfect family pet laughable. Of course we all live in 3 berdroom houses in the suburbs, have the same sized yard with 6ft fencing, work the some amount of hours every week, and have 2.5 kids. Yeah right! More importantly we all have different personalities. Some people want a needy dog that loves to go jogging and some want a dog that's more independent and less active. That's why reputable breeders and rescue groups ask questions. I love Rottweilers, but I would never casually recommend them. They require a certain kind of owner. I can't imagine why any one would be foolish enough to say that one breed fits all.