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ZaraD
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Saw this today

Post by ZaraD » Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:48 am

I read this today, not sure how accurate it is but it claims golden retrievers among other breeds are endangered :?

http://www.instituteofcaninebiology.org ... -in-the-uk

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Re: Saw this today

Post by JudyN » Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:07 am

Huh? It lists greyhounds as critical - just how many greyhounds are bred for racing each year, how many are in greyhound rescues?

If it's based on having a large enough number of breeding dogs to ensure a healthy gene pool, that would mean breeding more of all the critical and endangered breeds. What is that going to do to overall dog population and, given that the number of potential owners won't change in proportion to this and rescues already are asked to take more dogs than they have spaces for... just where are these extra dogs going to go?

IMO we just have too many breeds, which are also competing against the 'designer' crosses. Maybe the time has come to let some breeds go extinct as they have long outgrown their original purpose and there are dogs more suited to what most people require now. Sure, breed fans may well be devastated at the thought of their dog no longer existing but no one actually needs a specific type of Belgian shepherd, a Norfolk and a Norwich terrier, a Kerry Blue. To think we do means we're putting our desires above the dogs' welfare.
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Re: Saw this today

Post by Lotsaquestions » Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:48 am

They should just put all their focus on turning every single dog into a German Spitz - problem solved! Would also solve the GS inbreeding issue that is just horrifically rampant in almost all KC breeding programs. Reason I could never get another one - Japanese Spitz on the other hand, healthy as a horse.

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Re: Saw this today

Post by Nettle » Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:05 am

Ludicrously inefficient "research" based I suspect on KC pedigree registrations not actual facts. The Show greyhound is a hideously exaggerated breed and not many, thank goodness, are bred, but as JudyN says, the country is lifting with strong healthy correctly-proportioned greyhounds that are registered with the National Greyhound Racing Club not the KC. Similarly, beagles, foxhounds and harriers of working type exist plentifully in packs and are listed with hunting organisations but not in KC registration books.


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