Princess in Waiting
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Central FL - beside the Mouse
Sorry for the rather "terse" reply - I was on the phone at the time!
AKC sets the "standards" for all the breeds, and usually when a dog is AKC registered any and everybody can breed them and as long as they have that piece of registration paper they can call a St. Bernard/Doxie mix a St. Bernard 'cause that's what they want to sale it as.
Keeping the breeding more private, as the Cavalier people tried to do, allowed them to breed better dogs, keeping true to the original temperment, coat, etc. With AKC sanction, people aren't as cautious with what they breed - they are just out for the money.
My puppy mill CKCS has obvious differences from the one I got from a breeder in KY. She's a good dog, without a mean bone in her body, but her coat isn't nearly as full and luxurious and while my older one is on the too-tall side of the scale, Tibby is very small (and both are on diets!)
The Dalmation people were up in arms when 101 Dalmations came out, because this is a dog with enough problems without having every Tom, Dick and Harry trying to sale a dog that has sudden popularity because of the movie.
In the opinion of most breeders that I've talked to, AKC is the reason that we have so many snappy cocker spaniels, mean chows, etc. Have you ever seen a truly pure bred Irish Spaniel? They're beautiful dogs with long square snouts and a calm temperment. Not the skinny, squirrrely dogs that you normally see and associate with the breed name.
Sorry, I'll put up my soap box now.
And you are right, Erin, mutts do have their value - just watch out for what ingredients you have there!
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Last edited by Crittercall; 12-30-2002 at 09:00 PM.