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Wow, I had no idea how dramatically the popularity has risen. Seeing one, I can understand why someone would want one. I agree it is not good for the breed and that it encourages puppy mills.
Years ago, I wanted a Coton de Tulear, but didn't feel I could afford the price at the time. I ended up with my corgi, Foxy. I think, in looking back, that Foxy's breeder would be called a backyard breeder and knowing what I know now about breeders, I probably wouldn't have gotten her from a breeder like that. However, I'm glad I did as she was my solemate and my heart dog. Willow is certainly taking a big place in my heart and making the loss of Foxy hurt less.
Thank you all for your posts on this topic. It's very interesting. I just hope the breed stays pure and healthy with responsible breeders. Foxy died from degenerative myelopathy which is now completely preventable with responsible breeding. They can test the DNA to see if they carry the gene and if so, they don't need to breed that dog or just breed it to one that is clear and make sure the puppies are not to be bred. However, a lot of breeders are out to just make a buck and don't bother with the genetic testing. I can't even tell you how angry that makes me.
Jackie & Willow