Total Havanese Groupie
Join Date: Dec 2007
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i'll just add my support to breeders who health test, and show in conformation, some are members of this forum and some are not.
i think those of you who show are really passionate about your dogs and do it for the right reasons, of course there will be exceptions to this as there are for everything. i think it really keeps people responsible and constantly raising the bar for the best example of a not only a beautiful dog, but the best representative of the breed (temperment, body structure, healthy teeth/eyes, etc...) the beauty we see in these show dogs on the outside is because they are reflecting the beauty of their insides, they are healthy, strong, alert, etc...the grooming to me, also shows the dedication of the caretaker and I don't think keeping a dog, even a pet havanese in a show coat is at all cruel. I spend time grooming Posh everyday, not always brushing her coat, but brushing her teeth, checking her eyes, feeling her body, I've never been more aware of my dog's body before. I think this is a wonderful thing. I found a deer tick on her this fall, and if I wasn't having to groom her in some sort of way I most likely would not have found it until it had been on a long time. She is still a dog and enjoys getting dirty, it's just a little bit more work for me after she's had a play in the dirt party session.
I also think that being able to attend shows and talk with breeders who really have their lives revolve around their dogs is a good thing for people wanting to get purebred dogs responsibly.
I think I could go on and on and have many of my arguments supported by other threads here on the forum about how to get a dog from a responsible breeder.
I'll just stop and say I couldn't disagree more with the blanket statement that a show dog's life is cruel.