February 1, 2007 10:34am CST
It is really disturbing me the number of people I see on mylot who want to breed their dog. Most of these people don't know what they are getting into, financially and otherwise. I just wish people would do more research and look at the number of unwanted pets that are euthanized in shelters every day because there are not enough loving homes. Not to mention breeding dogs who are below breed standard which results in problems. Some prime examples of overbreeding and the problems it creates: hip dysplasia in large breeds like labs and retrievers, blindness in jack russels, deafness in dalmations, agression in cocker spaniels, skin and urinary tract problems in english bulldogs, subluxated patellas (slipped knee caps) in small breeds like yorkies.
• United States
5 Feb 07
I agree with you one hundred percent. I think that breeding should be highly regulated if not banned until the overpopulation of companion animals is under control. My husband and I were just talking about this today actually. If people want to breed their dog, they should have to work at an animal shelter to learn what happens to these animals. I have read that as many as every 4th dog in a shelter is pure bred. I don't know what people are thinking or how they can just not care that millions of animals are put to sleep every year, because they are unwanted. It breaks my heart.