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Are you worried about our breed?
Let me first say, I do not want to offend, attack or accuse. Just really wanted to open up a dialogue.
There have been so many posts lately of ailments, temperment changes, and so, so, so, many new puppies some of who are having problems. Not to mention some iffy breeding situations. And it also seems that everyday there are more and more Havanese in Rescue. I am not a breeder. And I know nothing about the genetics involved to raise a strong healthy breed of dog. But I have noticed how many more people are bringing home Havanese.
I realize we are all guilty of marketing the breed who we just adore, and the market is just responding to supply the demand...But can we do any more to educate the benefits and quite frankly necessity of qualified breeders?
(I succumbed to just wanting a puppy with Jasper so I do understand)
Can we try sponsor more and better studies on health and diet just for our Neezers? Even the best lines have some issues.
And can we do any better to educate potential owners that the Havanese is not for everyone? should we temper our excitement over new members wanting puppies to explain the cons even if they don't ask? Can we do this so that there aren't more 1 and 2 year old Havs placed for adoption because they were not potty trained, or can't be left alone, or cost too much to care for.
I am delighted that "Our Forum" has grown to the extent it has. That so many new people are joyous over "Our Breed" But I wonder where all these pupsters come from and how many more we do not know about are landing in pet stores. And as much as I love it that one of our own is on the cover of a magazine...I worry about the breed becoming too popular.
Are the ailments popping up inherent in Havanese? Or is it just the more you know of the more you hear about? Could it have to do with over breeding? or just more and more novice breeders?
So I throw this out there...Again, I really do not mean to offend in any way, or put a damper on anyone who has a new pup. I just want to start a discussion about a breed that has gone from being relatively unheard of to being the 5th most popular breed in NYC in the 4 short years I have owned my boys.
Am I wrong to worry? Is popularity good for a breed?
Missy, Jasper & Cash
Last edited by Missy; 01-27-2010 at 12:37 PM.