I don't think everyone looks at them and says "yuck", but putting that aside, if she can show them, why not? I mean really, what's the harm?yuck. It is one thing not to cull a dog due to aesthetics, but to show them?
I don't think so. Isn't dwarfism a genetic mutation? A dwarf GSD wouldn't be considered a different breed.If a Panda is a genetic mutation from a German Shepherd, does that then make it a new independent breed?
I am not saying "yuck" with regards to the dogs themselves, but the idea of showing them.I don't think everyone looks at them and says "yuck", but putting that aside, if she can show them, why not? I mean really, what's the harm?
Culling or hiding away a dog like what we now know as the Panda doesn't help anyone. Might as well study them and learn something new about genetics, DNA etc. if you can.
If a Panda is a genetic mutation from a German Shepherd, does that then make it a new independent breed?
Because they don't even have to be purposely producing them.i must say it is weird seeing that coloring, especially the blue eyes on some of them. But none the less, they look pretty cool IMO. I say as long as you can find them a great home, who cares what they look like.
The Panda's on Phenom's site all seem be registered as GSD's. No idea if the plan is to eventually try and break off into a new breed. Except for the color I don't think the dogs are any different gentically than any other GSD.
Edit: If you click on the link in the OP there's a message from the veterinary geneticist who's studying the dogs.
I didn't read through the details of their website, but where are they showing these dogs? This panda color isn't considered a disqualification or fault?I think they're pretty.
Also, the dogs are being shown, clear health tests, are DNA tested to show people that they're GSDs and not a mix, and I saw that several of the dogs have certificates for passing a temperament evaluation from GSDCA. I don't think that's necessarily bad breeding.