Phyrie wrote:I can't really comment on Aussies per se, as I've never owned one, but I know a bit about purebred dogs. They have a standard, and common characteristics, which is what makes them their breed. When you take a dog that is bred for a specific purpose, especially a working group dog, and then proceed to breed out the characteristics that make that dog true to his breed (in this case, the herding instinct), you are breaking the standard, and no longer are breeding true to your standard. If you want a pretty dog with no herding instinct, there are other choices, but choosing an Aussie that has purposefully been bred to lack Aussie characteristics seems very wrong to me.
In my opinion, an Aussie breeder that has a dog with no working drive or herding instinct, and he then breeds that dog to another similar dog is NOT breeding Aussies. He's changing them, and I'm pretty sure the parent club would object strenuously to such a practice.
I understand the debate that is taking place here, and recognize both sides have validity, and my comments are not necessarily on topic. But, again in my opinion, once you purposefully breed against the standard, you are no longer breeding purebred anythings.
lynners wrote:Any breeder that goes against the breed standard should not be breeding.
I'm going to start a new topic based on this quote. Hoping for an ethical discussion
agcranfill wrote:I get the little Mason in 22 days hopefully. He is being shipped from Texas and the temperature has to be below 85 to put him on a plane. So fingers crossed!
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