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Letters from the Front Line:Kathy: Gosh Jasper you hit the nail right on the head. Merle to Merle is not the worse in my opinion. Since the AKC registers double dilutes as white merles a blue merle from this type of breeding is likely to have extensive eye issues....jasper: I have been reading the posts on merle to merle breeding, and the comments and reactions by some of the breeders themselves. I’m finding it difficult to express how disturbing this is. And I just keep coming back to how...Christopher: This article was published June of 2012. The information was timely and accurate as of that date.Siobhan: Are there references available for the “new data released”? The individual organizations websites are reporting slightly different stats. When was this article published/written?Janis Sutherland: I thank you from my heart for getting this info out there…. I am almost in tears for some reason. Just telling I guess that I know have more info to support my nearly 30 years of dog breeding….thank you...Christopher: You haven’t read enough of my blog. I don’t “promote pure bred border collie breeding” if that means closed stud books and no outcrossing. Never have, never will. I believe in open stud books that...David: I’m confused, you’re against selective breeding…and a border collie enthusiast? Don’t get me wrong, I love border collies. All my dogs have been border collie mixes, border retrievers or border...Kathy: Now Cathy agree there is a genetic component to the propensity to develop OCDs, and certain breeds do have a predisposition for certain compulsive behaviors. Most canine behaviorists do agree that the primary cause of compulsive...Kathy: Some of comments here only seem a psychological defense mechanism to bury guilt. Several motivations and causes for denial-ism have been proposed, including religious beliefs and self-interest. I am inclined to go with the...D: I purchased a Dalmation at 13 years old from what was supposed to be a reputable Illinois breeder. My “sweet” girl was a Disney Dream come true Very quickly we realized some red flags that began to wave more vigorously...Holly: Some of the “lopey, fluff ball breeds” like the Newfoundland aren’t better companions for children by chance. Just like BC have been bred for specific behaviours, so too has the Newfoundland. They have been bred...
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