Wednesday, September 17, 2008
My God, is your penis miniature too?
If there's one thing I can't stand, it's Miniature and Teacup breeder. There is NO such thing as a good Mini or Teacup breeder. These dogs are created by breeding undersized, below substandard, more-often-than-not unhealthy dogs. And hell, just for variety, these breeders are known to throw in several other breeds to create the ideal "mini". Many smaller breed dogs are plagued by problems like slipped discs, horrible tooth decay, heart problems, and, shockingly enough, BEHAVIORAL ISSUES. Gasp! Who would have known that throwing a bunch of random breeds together for cutesy-wootsy puppies without any knowledge could go so horribly wrong!
So, congratulations, George and Karen Brausen of Dakota Winds Ranch, you guys are the BYB'er of the day!
Not only do these people pop out more puppies than you can shake a stick at, they also breed fugly grade draft cross horses. But if it's profitable, let's make as many Mini Aussiedoodle puppies as we can and sell them off for a grand... that is, if they have preeeety colours. If they're plain, they're only worth $800. But HEY, look at the sire on the top we have here! Holy shit, I better grab one quick, because the sooner these ones are bought for ungodly prices, the more dogs in shelters who are EXACTLY like him and his offspring will be euthanized. Oh, and the puppies of all dogs on the site "may or may not be used for breeding" depending on circumstances. How about speutering instead? Sound pretty f'in awesome.
These people also breed Mini Saint Bernards. Lord above, give me a break. If they can find something to shrink, they will. Too bad it isn't their gene pool shrinking away. Rather, like many designer breeders, they will come forth and multiply. These types of people have the idea in their head that they're giving people a lifelong companion as well as getting some cash in their own pocket, and its just abhorring. If you're going to try making a decent mix, look for dogs that are compatible and could have an actual purpose. Like the Alaskan Husky, for example. A robust crossbreed with known and controlled ancestry, they're bred for their jobs - not to cost you money. So many miniature breeders over-breed it isn't even funny. There are so many genetic and hereditary problems within the purebred ring, so why is it a good idea to breed something that, more than likely, couldn't even pass a standard OFA test? That is going to cost someone SO much money when they have to bring in their Dakota Sheepdog and when they have to pay thousands for displaysia they inherited from mom, it's no skin off the breeder's nose. It's just a dog, and for fuck's sake, if it makes you money, who cares? Arrogant people piss me off. Poor breeders piss me off. These guys have WAY too many dogs, too many horses, and too little experience in dealing with genetics and the problems miniaturizing dogs causes. But hey, gotta love their reasoning! If I hear one more "hybrid vigor" argument, I'm going to vomit. I agree to an extent; by introducing different alleles in a gene pool, you have a slightly smaller chance of outcrossing negative traits, but with so many ignorant breeders not testing their dogs, harmful genetics are going to surface. Just because a dog is a mutt doesn't make it any less prone to disease.
Here's a very informative page on diseases in dogs:
Genetic Disorders by Breed.
So, having said all that, I'll leave you with a picture of another fugly called the "Ori-Pei" produced by Dakota Winds Ranch. What makes you think it's good to cross a dog that's known for being brachycephalic and prone to tracheal collapse with a breed of dog that is overly sensitive to temperature changes? I doubt the retardation will end. When will people learn that miniatures and teacups are nothing extraordinary, but rather the poor traits of a few breeds all slapped together? *sigh* I guess I'll just never know the appeal. Even the money couldn't lure me into this business. I'd probably be too buried in vet bills.