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Quora Answer: “Pure breeding is messing up…”

Question:

Pure breeding is messing up our dog breeds. What’s it doing to cats?

Answer:

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Pure breeding is messing up everything, be it cats, dogs, or any other animal.

Pure breeding itself isn’t wrong, and it along with selective breeding, might be our only hope to restore the messed up breeds to their original states.

Pure breeding means nothing more on nothing less than choosing two individuals, who have a proven bloodline and are registered, along with their entire pedigree. They are healthy, have sound conformation that also is in accordance to breed standards and guidelines. (I made that bold for a reason.)

Now, think about it, pure breeding seems like a good thing, if you put it like that. And truth is, pure breeding is in my eyes, just a tool, that can be used for the good or bad.

The portion of my previous paragraph that I made bold should explain it all. We have set unrealistic standards that are ruining the breed. We are breeding for traits that are bad for the animal, yet appealing to the human eye. We are selfish, we don’t care what effects, long-term and short-term alike, affect both the animal and eventually the entire breed.

Humans are being destructive. The English Bulldog was a much nicer breed before it became the modern, squatty and squash-faced dog we’ve come to know as the English Bulldog. German Shepherds are gradually getting more sickle hocked because we found it agreeable to look at, while we disregarded the entire soundness of the animal it jeopardizes. Dachshunds may become snakes with legs and a dog head over time. They’re already faced with massive health problems because of their weird build. Same goes for Basset Hounds, who though aren’t at as bad of a level as dachshunds, are well on their way to be the same thing. Rottweilers are almost always prey to hip dysplasia, which can be avoided.

Pure breeding, combined with selective breeding, can change the dog breeds for the better. Selective breed for the good traits, integrate them into the breed while selective breed to exclude the negative traits from the breeds, and then pure breeding, by only breeding those with a proven good pedigree and good health etcetera will bring forth good breeds.

This answer is more than what you asked for, but pure breeding itself can be used either for negative or positive outcomes. Negatively, it has, and will continue to, affect both cats and dogs; should we choose it, it will do the same thing positively.

EDIT: I forgot to mention some cat breeds which have been or are being ruined, so here are some:

Scottish folds have been bred to have folded over ears, but that comes with more side effects than you’d think.

Munchkins are almost the cat version of Dachshunds, with short legs and long bodies. While their front feet are more forward than their doggy counterparts, they do suffer from issues caused by this body shape.

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