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Old 01-16-2013, 11:38 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Dalmation dog health problems could be solved easily if they were to open their stud books and allow one of the German hunter dogs to breed into it . Extensive research was done - I do believe the outcome was that the Dalmation breed authorities chose to keep the books closed.
I was talking about this with a geneticist friend and he chose Dalmations to make his point.

I'll have to ask about this again.
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:53 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I can't get it to load - problems on my end. But I liked the last one as well. Biased or not, is was valid. The GSDs made me pretty sad to see too.. Can't believe some of those dogs even place at shows.
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:25 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I watched it.

The problem as they see it is that Breed Clubs regulate and appoint judges and set standards, judges dictate what wins in the ring, breeders breed what will win in the ring, breeders fuel breed clubs, changes are between difficult and impossible to impose on any of the levels. What they want is government interference in dog breeding.

The kennel club, fueled by breed clubs feels education is better than legislation, while the animal activists feel that legislation is the only avenue to change.

I think we elect legislators not for their love of animals, or their knowledge of animal husbandry or genetics. I think canine problems should be managed by those who own dogs. I think the SV has requirements for breeding, titles, tests, show ratings, health screenings, etc, but problems still exist in the German Show Lines.

I think some of the problems we are seeing in dogs may not be breeding, but may be due to contaminants in food and in the environment. Every year more of my acquaintances come down with cancer, and I hear of more and more heinous crimes being committed. I imagine that health and temperament in humans cannot all be due to inbreeding. And it is not surprising that dogs are also having problems.

What is disturbing is the differences in skulls. But if you look at GSDs, the differences in the skulls that currently exist in the breed as of today, you could probably put together a pretty scary computer generated graph like that, but all those differences are actually perhaps a good thing, in that the whole of the breed is not cookie-cutter the same.
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Advice and guidance on buying a pedigree puppy from an experienced dog breeder. Buying a puppy should be a joyous event but it can be marred with pitfalls and difficulties. This forum will help you a lot to find for the breed you want.
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