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Puppies Bred for Looks Are Born to Suffer


Offbeat  (tags: animals, pets, pedigrees, dogs, protection )

Cher
- 1095 days ago - rspca.org.uk
New research carried out by the RSPCA reveals that many people still think pedigree dogs and puppies are healthy, quality animals that come from good breeding stock.



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aj E. (164)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 8:52 am
noted
 

Allan Yorkowitz (448)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 10:36 am
Isn't this the very reason puppy mills should exist?
 

Lisa Neste (711)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 10:50 am
People who think that really need to educate themselves on the harsh realities of puppy mills, or better yet go to your local shelters & adopt a perfectly fine dog or cat that needs a loving home. Shelter pets are the best, they are forever grateful, it's as they know you rescued them. They make the best companions! Thanks Cher.
 

Sarah G. (110)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 12:08 pm
So many dogs must suffer because of the irresponsibility of human beings.
 

Christoffer Blomlöf (18)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 12:41 pm
Most people are stupid, it is as easy as that. You would rather buy a dog based on it's looks rather than a healthy goofy breed.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 12:50 pm
Personally, it is just better to rescue an dog (cat, etc..) who needs a home.
 

Anne Settanni (152)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 1:34 pm
the American Kennel Club champions the purebred practices which cause suffering and disease among dogs. This is an unethical practice based on making a profit without regard to the consequences to the health of the victimized animal.
 

. (0)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 1:40 pm
Anne is correct...but beyond that people are simply stupid and uneducated concerning this matter
 

Carmen S. (616)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 2:54 pm
noted, thanks
 

Marianne C. (163)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 3:02 pm
Breeding to exaggerate certain "breed characteristics" has been going on for a long time. Think of Dachshunds bred to be longer, who now suffer back problems; Pugs bred for faces so flat they can no longer breather properly; Collies bred for ever longer, thinner skulls that leave virtually no space for a brain. All of these things have happened. And poor control over breeding stock has resulted in puppies being born with a variety of genetic problems that will result in death before they reach adulthood.

The modern lines of many breeds could do with an infusion of genes from "unimproved" branches of the gene pool. If we can still find a branch that hasn't already been ruined, that is.
 

Alicia N. (87)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 3:42 pm
adopt is way better........
 

Fred Krohn (34)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 3:59 pm
Isn't this why people consider the habits of stereotypical West Virginia mountaineers (not real ones, they aren;t that stupid) and members of the Habsburg family and Egypt's Pharaohs so reprehensible? Marrying close relatives produces defective children! It works the same way for dogs and other dimorphic (male and female gender) animals; most are able through scent to avoid impregnation with close relatives. Habsburg harelipped dogs are not normal!
 

Jennifer C. (169)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 4:17 pm
Thanks.
 

Lindsey Williams (234)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 4:55 pm
Thank you.
 

Carol Reins (99)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 4:59 pm
to www.luckyvogue...this is not a place for your discount goods.

When I volunteered at a no-kill cat shelter, there were so many overbred and inbred persians,,,they had no noses and suffered terribly trying to breathe and were susceptible to respiratory infections most of their short lives....designer breeding = designer deaths
 

Holly Lawrence (473)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 5:12 pm
Noted.. so very sad...
 

Barbara DeFratis (21)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 5:41 pm
Agree, Adoption is far better.
 

Kara C. (15)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 5:58 pm
This news is new? How could anyone regard a flat faced dog as healthy or one with a skull too small for their brain to fit? Breeding simply for looks and and fitting the ridiculous breed standard is almost as cruel and irrisponsible as a puppy mill. Below is a really interesting article about the breeding of bulldogs. And below that is an amazing video about this issue. It is 51 minutes long but if you have time well worth watching.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/27/magazine/can-the-bulldog-be-saved.html?_r=1&ref=magazine
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhXHFOrBbEc

Remember always adopt the most purebred mutt you can find :D
 

Constance F. (431)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 6:45 pm
Strange, I must have been reading different press. I have always heard that "mixes" were healthier, and from my limited observation - they have been! I have always adopted from shelters, both from ethical and aesthetic reasons - great mixes out there! And the people I have known (not all) who bought purebred dogs - many of those dogs suffered challenging health problems, starting as puppies. This is so wrong! Heartbreaking to see pups suffer from a range of diseases, some chronic, or requiring surgery - all of which needn't happen if laws were enacted and enforced to shut the puppy mill industry down forever.
 

Nyack Clancy (451)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 7:31 pm
noted- thanks
 

michelle t. (41)
Monday December 19, 2011, 2:19 am
Get a pet i.e dog, cat, rabbit, bird etc from a shelter and you are saving a life.Close all puppy mills down.They are cruel and barbaric
 

Carol H. (229)
Monday December 19, 2011, 4:54 am
noted, thank you Cher
 

Ruth S. (297)
Monday December 19, 2011, 7:07 am
I agree with Lisa Neste, there are sooo many animals at the shelter just waiting for someone to come and take them home.

Please always adopt an animal you will not regret it.
 

Maria P. (151)
Monday December 19, 2011, 11:45 am
adopt
 

Judith H. (27)
Monday December 19, 2011, 12:25 pm
Many breeds now have many hereditary problems. I prefer 'Mutts' they are in fact healthier and less costly than pure breeds.
 

Elizabeth Guapyassu (4)
Monday December 19, 2011, 1:34 pm
If you never adopted a dog you don't know what is unconditional love. I have a dog that I bought from a breeder and I have a dog that I adopted, I love both to the bottom of my heart but the one that was adopted seams to be more prone to give all the love she can find on her little heart. She is happier, when they are called she is the first one to came. They are my love but she is awesome.
 

Barbara Goheen (0)
Monday December 19, 2011, 2:16 pm
noted
 

Marilyn M. (143)
Monday December 19, 2011, 3:52 pm
Noted. Thank you for posting, Cher.
 

New G. (8)
Monday December 19, 2011, 6:02 pm
Agreed. All pets should have good homes and healthy lives.
 

Patricia E. G. (56)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 12:30 am
Not in All Cases - I know of 2 Beautiful Puppie Dogs that live like Royalty.
Running, Jumpimg Happy dogs that eat better than most ...people.
Besides " Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder" Ozzy Osbourne thinks
his Bulldog is Beautiful. And to him I guess He is.
 

Elize Labuschagne (190)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 2:10 am
Sad. Once again humans are never happy with what they CAN get from nature but have to interfere and change things. Makes me think about face lifts, botox etc.
 

Quanta Kiran (65)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 2:31 am
Thanks.
 

Mike and Janis B. (7)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 4:51 am
Give is a mutt any day!
 

Terri Hughes (412)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 7:25 am
Breeders need to STOP the CRUELTY to these poor animals.
 

Brenda Towers (0)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 7:43 am
Noted.
 

anne barusta (0)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 7:07 pm
Sad, but true, only because there is a market.
 

J. O. (24)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 8:31 pm
Enough painting everyone with the same brush!!! Good breeders are NOT the same as puppy mills and large breeding operations. My truly wonderful and healthy German Shepherd is the product of careful breeding by someone with one excellent dog, lots of research before deciding when to breed and with what dog, top quality mom and puppy food, etc. There were months of careful socialization for the pups along with basic obedience. I now realize how lucky I am to have a dog in which so much time and effort has been invested.
I have spent a couple of years rubbing shoulders with GOOD breeders and trainers. I learned that all the good things we now know should be done with and for our dogs first came out of the dog show crowd. Yes, that means the agility training, disc dog, tracking, obedience as well as dog rescue and important advocacy. I adore all dogs and cats, regardless of parentage. So do many breed fanciers. Please give credit where credit is due!
 

Deborah L. (1)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 12:32 am
Tragic! How cruel.
 

Dianne D. (462)
Wednesday December 28, 2011, 10:09 pm
Need to have all breeders take the puppies and kittens back, no matter how old they are. Shelters have to do this, so should the breeders. If breeders know they might get the animal back some day, they will stop breeding.
 

Sally S. (9)
Friday January 6, 2012, 9:03 am
I have had three dogs in my life and that has been in the last 2 years we lost our chihuahua in July, we have a Dachshund and a Shih Tzu.... ONLY the Dachshund came from a good home when we got him. our other two were in neglectful abusive homes. Our Chihuahua was even injured to the point where she could barley walk. We took them right out of those homes.... It is a HUGE problem and people need to have licence to even have a pet
 

Muriel Servaege (48)
Friday January 6, 2012, 12:24 pm
Thank you for the article.
 

Suzanne L. (137)
Saturday February 4, 2012, 2:17 pm
Until all the unwanted dogs and cats find homes there is no need to breed more. All the dogs and cats that have lived with me were "mutts" and all the more beautiful for it.
 

Sandi C. (238)
Thursday March 22, 2012, 6:27 am
ALL MY ANIMALS WERE ALSO MUTTS!
 
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