For centuries, people in the West have marveled at the delicate beauty produced by Oriental plant artists and sculptors. Who has not been stricken with the expressive grace of a Japanese Bonsai? Both foot-binding and head-binding were practiced in the Far East, for the purpose of miniaturizing the feet and shaping the head into attractive shapes. But what happens when we not only play God with the physical aspects of organisms, but the genetic make-up of them as well?
Let me paint you a picture. You have a Dalmatian…or a St Bernard…or a Rottweiler…or a Husky…all four of these breeds are considered to be large bodied dog breeds. So what happens when these breeds are “made” to be small? Can you picture a St. Bernard a third of its size…never to grow into the stately, slobbering beast that we know it as? Or a Rottweiler that was meant to be an A-class Schutzhund working dog, in miniature form, yapping like a Havanese? Oh dear…and a sleigh-pulling Husky, that would maximum be able to pull a matchbox, instead of the sleigh that it excels at as a breed?
Call me ridiculous…call me passionate, but while the Bonsai trees can leave one spellbound, these miniature breeds leave me sick to the stomach. Ok, so you get Tea-Cup Yorkies (perpetualized by certain hotel heiresses). Interestingly, these tiny dogs are not accepted as deviations of the Yorkie standard. What of a Miniature Bull terrier? Well that has been accepted as a separate breed. But what of a Miniature Saint Bernard, or Miniature Dalmatian, or a Miniature Husky? Let me ask you this…do you know what happened when some rested-brained individual wanted a smaller version of the Shar-Pei….(are u sitting down?)..Well they bred the Shar- Pei with a Pug. And it is now officially recognized as an Ori-Pei. A small Shar-Pei, that is more Shar-Pei looking than a Pug. WTF was wrong with a Shar-Pei?
The concept of designer dogs is bad enough…when two purebred breeds are bred to make a third, unrelated “purebred mutt”…but a diminutive, cartoon character of a bad-ass fighting dog, is not only inhumane, but should be banned. Any reputable breeder, who is involved in maintaining the breed standard of a specific breed for its beauty, and abilities like a working Rottweiler, or a seeing-eye Lab for blind people will tell you, that every breed has its beauty and function. Playing God with genetics is wrong. While it takes 16 years and 9 generations of AKC Dalmatians to breed a miniature Dalmatian, one should respect the breed for what it is. What’s next? A Wolf-Hound sized Dachshund? Oh My Soul! Or a miniature all-seeing eye Labrador for blind people? I mean really…..come on!
At Euro Puppy we are passionate that every breed should be represented and respected for what it is. If you want a Schutzhund Champion Rottweiler puppy that is what you get. If you want a St Bernard puppy that will grow into a gorgeous, slobbering representative of its breed, then that is what you get. Although sadly, people do search for miniature breeds more and more on the internet, they should maybe search for large breeds, to compensate for their miniaturized intellect. If you want a small dog, get a small dog breed. Simple as that.