Breeding is not the answer


Published: Monday, January 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, December 31, 2006 at 9:43 p.m.
I am a senior veterinary student at UF and am writing in response to the article "Mating games" published on Dec. 24. I was very disappointed to see how a careless mating of dogs was glamorized.
As Jack Brown says in the article, dogs have been creating mutts among themselves for a long time. Unfortunately, a large number of these wind up at the animal shelter, awaiting either adoption or euthanasia.
Brown also talks about how crossbred dogs have hybrid vigor. It is true that animals that have received their genes from a variety of breeds tend to be more resistant to the health problems commonly seen in purebreds. However, hybrid vigor is not derived from the mating of one breed to another (actually, that would most likely result in a dog that has the problems typically seen in each of the parent breeds). It results from mating many crossbreds over a long period of time.
Alachua County has taken a giant step in the direction of eliminating the number of unwanted pets with various adoption organizations and funding. It was very disheartening to me to read an article that seemed to condone breeding when there are so many homeless pets that were not mentioned.

Jean Rubanick,

Gainesville

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