I am going to get a puppy and I was thinking of getting a mongrel as they may have less genetic problems and I might save it from the gas chamber. Much to my surprise it turns out there are a number of so-called not for profit organizations that want upwards of $200 or more for a mongrel puppy, plus want you to fill out a massive application, plus want to inspect your home, plus interview all family members!
This whole thing sounds like a scam in some way, but I cannot figure out how or why. Do these people get big tax breaks, are they making a net income that gets sheltered, are they using the information they gather and the home inspection for dark purposes?
What happened to the good old days when your neighbor’s dog got preggers, and you went over to get a nice free puppy, and kept the beast 'till it died of natural causes?
I have been looking in the Buy & Sell and I have seen tons of cross-breed pups (essentially Mongrels IMHO) that people are trying to sell for $400 to $600 and sometimes much more, how ridiculous is that?
On a related note http://www.netpets.com/dogs/referenc...ics/bragg.htmlAs we face the millennium, the one problem which most concerns the entire purebred dog fancy is genetic defects. Breeders used to worry about overshot/undershot bite and cryptorchidism. Not much else of a genetic nature was cause for concern; fanciers were a lot more worried about distemper, hepatitis and internal parasites. Breeding programs concentrated on individuals' visions of canine excellence. Then in the 1960s the tip of the genetic iceberg emerged as concern grew about a joint disorder called hip dysplasia. A control program involving the examination of hip x-rays by a skilled scrutineer and the maintenance of a registry of animals "cleared" of the defect was established at the Ontario Veterinary College at Guelph, Ontario. Now after three decades of the OVC program it has been pretty well established that "clear" animals with several generations of "clear" ancestry can nonetheless produce dysplastic progeny [Chidiac-Storimans 1995]! Hence the OVC control program would seem to be of questionable effectiveness. As the generations of closed-studbook breeding have advanced, a panoply of other inherited problems has emerged in purebred dog breeds. There is no need to list them here; the list would be on its way to obsolescence in a month or so; veterinary research continues to define more inherited disorders regularly. Many breeders now run four-way screening programs; some may screen for even more problems. Many breeders' selection programs for various kinds of canine excellence must now be at a standstill - all the selection is going into the effort to produce stock "clear" for eyes, hips, elbows, blood disorders, endocrine dysfunction, etc. Yet thirty years of x-rays have not eliminated hip dysplasia - it is now widespread in breeds in which it was not a problem thirty years ago.