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Old 11-06-2007, 03:03 PM   #1
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Default Long article about designer dogs and purebreds

This appeared in the New York Times ealier this year. It is really long, but there are some interesting facts about how purebred dogs were developed from the groups about 100 years ago in the US.
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The old guard, accustomed to hunting or working with dogs rather than parading them around as showpieces, dismissed these new concoctions as “modern fakes.” An 1877 New York Times article denigrated Dandie Dinmont terriers — a small, fluffy-headed companion — as “long-legged, long-tailed, long-backed rickety looking homely beasts.” A tittering luxury class, an article in The Century Magazine charged, had “ransacked” the species “to pander to its bizarre and eccentric longing for novelty.” The growing cast of new and distinctive-looking canine characters whipped up a tumult of silly consumerism. A well-bred St. Bernard might cost $5,000, there were frequent canine weddings and tea parties and even by 1884 there were 1,500 different styles of dog collar for sale in Manhattan, including the “Langtry.” One entrepreneur sent tailors uptown two or three times every week to fit “aristocratic pugs” with satin-lined garments.
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It's long, but it covers a lot of ground about who is breeding and why.
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Old 11-06-2007, 03:41 PM   #2
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I will have to print the article out and read it to give a good reply. However, the first thing that struck me is that this article is slanted from a puppy mill point of view. Puppy Haven, and it's owner Walace Haven, is a puppy mill. No wonder the world of cross bred dogs is in trouble, these dogs are produced in mass production.

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It took a while to get through, but was well worth the read.

If there's a message in his article; the one I got is that all dogs are not created equal!

I'd love to have a crystal ball to see the fate of our canine companions 50 years from now.

If someone had told me 50 years ago that distemper could be prevented, entire mega stores would be dedicated to the care and feeding of pets and millions of dogs and cats would be put to death in shelters every year within the next few decades, I'd have thought they were nuts!
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I wish to recind my previous statment about the slant of this article. The author did a very good job presenting both sides of this story. This is a well thought out piece, and I wish more people would take a look at the dog industry this way.

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