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435 – Hot Topic: Are we “protecting our breeds into extinction”?

_Protecting Our Breeds into Exctinction_

Hot Topic: Are we “protecting our breeds into extinction”?

Join host Laura Reeves and Amanda Kelly of Fwaggle Toy Manchester Terriers for a conversation on the hot topic of “protecting our breeds into extinction” with non-breeding contracts, limited registration and more.

“Your concept that originally we were talking about was non-breeding contracts, mine is limited registration,” Reeves said. “Which is the conversation that’s been happening down here in the States.

Advertisement in the 1956-57 Sears & Robuck Catalog.

“You’re basic posit is that most of us who are in purebred dogs today did not start with a dog that had a 10-page contract. We probably started with the dog from the newspaper. What we would today term ‘the right place’ (to buy a dog) … has changed. It was very normal, go back and look the ‘40s and ‘50s, and there were dogs advertised in the Sears catalog.”

“There’s lots of layers as to why and very good reasons (for the growth of restrictive contracts),” Kelly observed. “Regardless of the reasons why they’ve changed, we have to kind of look at what the effect of that is on the world that we live in, in the dog world, and the repercussions that are associated with this rise of more restrictive opportunities to take part in our sport.

“In Manchester it is one of the conversations that comes up again and again is this idea of ‘protecting our breeds into extinction.’ That’s not a judgment. I’m not saying that as if somehow we’re doing something wrong. We obviously are all working with the very best of intentions and with the greatest hope in our heart to keep the breeds that we have going.

“So for all the right reasons, we’re doing these things. But it doesn’t change the fact that on the other end of that there is a negative impact just from a numbers perspective. That may not make as much of a difference when you’re talking about a breed like Golden Retrievers, but when you’re talking about Otterhounds or Manchesters it does make a big difference.

“One of the things I love about Pure Dog Talk is that your conversations recognize that all of these issues are layered. Nothing is black and white. There is no right or wrong decision. You do the best that you can with the information that you have.

“You try to do the best that you can for the dogs that are in your care and the breed that you are a steward for. I think the beauty of a conversation like this is not necessarily for everyone to go out and suddenly change everything they’ve done. It’s just to prompt you to question why you do the things you do.”

If you enjoyed this conversation, check in on Amanda’s previous conversations here and here and here and here.

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  1. Robyn Michaels on 10/15/2020 at 5:21 PM

    Re: 435, breeding to extinction. I never bred because i knew not only that I didn’t have the expendable income, but I saw what happened in Afghan Hounds in the 1970s, when breeders would not take a dog back & how many went to shelters or were euthanized. I would not be able to take back a dozen dogs. Also, being involved in breed rescue, found a lot of buyers were liars: in terms of owning home siwth fenced yards & hvig time for a high maintenance breed.
    The economy has changed, and educated people understand that they don’t want to spend the time or money. & here’s you’ve talked about a litter of over 4 puppies (a dozen) being a challenge. I’m a groomer. I know how many Doodle buyers still have outstanding student loans. Do they REALLY NEED a dog requiring professional grooming? & for some reason, the Doodle breeders have done a better job of marketing, too. So you’ve addressed all the barriers to entering the fancy (aside from economics). We ARE going to lose breeds. Miniature Schnauzers are still in the top 20 in terms of popularity, yet , due to the challenge of putting a dog into show coat, the old breeders are not being replced with new fanciers. That’s another issue. So now look what passes for a Min Schnauzer: partis with blue eyes! Couldn’t possibly be purebred. What has been saved?

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