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some things people need to get straight

Don’t buy puppies from pet stores to “save the puppies from being mistreated!!” While this is done with the best of intentions, the puppy mill problem isn’t really about the puppies- the actual puppies are usually treated okay, it’s the parents that are kept in horrible conditions and forced to breed until they die. While you may be giving a home to one dog if you buy from a pet store, you’re supporting the misery of hundreds of other dogs with your money.

USDA certification isn’t a sign of a reputable breeder. It’s actually the mark of a puppy mill and if you see this, run fast in the opposite direction. CKC registration (Continental Kennel Club, not Canadian) is also a huge red flag.

But having AKC registered puppies doesn’t mean they’re reputable, either. While most good breeders (in the US) will have AKC registration, AKC isn’t picky about which dogs they register, so plenty of bad breeders do too. Also, “champion bloodlines” means nothing unless they’re at least in the second or third generations of a pedigree. 

Stereotyping breeds is not “like racism for dogs”. Humans weren’t strategically bred for hundreds of years to develop traits to assist them in specific tasks. Dogs were, so retrievers retrieve, greyhounds run, shepherds herd, and terriers fight. It’s not “all in how you raise them”. Genetics. They do stuff. Science. And hey could we maybe not compare the systemic oppression of minorities to people saying chihuahuas are barky? Thanks

Designer breeds i.e. labradoodles, maltipoos, cavachons etc. are not “the best of both worlds!” Again, genetics…that’s not how they work. Also realize that most of these dogs (especially since they are common products of puppy mills) don’t come from well-bred parents because reputable breeders generally don’t allow their dogs to be used to breed crosses. Like I’ve seen poodle breeders literally write it in their puppy contracts that they will take back the dog if they find out it’s being used to create “doodles”. 

If you support importing foreign rescue dogs but use the “overpopulation of shelter dogs in the US” factoid to protest dog breeding you’re a fucking hypocrite.

Don’t tell people “you can find any breed in a shelter!” Like ??? Yeah lemme just go find Cesky Terrier at my local humane society! I genuinely have no idea why people say this when it’s obviously not true?

Puppies aren’t a blank slate, and adult dogs don’t all come with awful baggage. If a puppy is genetically predisposed to aggression, all the early socialization in the world might not help at all. And while any adult dog will be shaped by its past, not all rescue dogs are abused and many are there because of circumstances completely unrelated to them and have had perfectly normal lives. You also have the advantage of already knowing their temperament, energy level, and any behavioral issues. 

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I really couldn’t help wondering how things went down for Alphys when the amalgams first happened…


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anonymous asked:

Is there any way to know what type of coat a golden retriever puppy will have full grown? I'm not a fan of the curly coats but love the straighter feathery coats. Can you tell from their puppy coat what it will look like when they are full grown?

Lots of dog breeds are bred in two different lines: show lines & working lines. When it comes to Golden Retrievers, your show line is going to give you a fluffier, lighter colored, and bigger boned dog. These are supposed to be the calmer, easy to train Goldens.

A field type Golden is going to have a smaller frame, be darker colored, have a smoother coat, be more energetic, and are generally healthier. 

Now this isn’t guaranteed. Some field bred Goldens can still produce fluffy, light coated puppers - but those are the generic differences. When it comes to looking at your puppy, the same characteristics hold true. A show Golden puppy with be fluffy and chunky, while a field type puppy with be slimmer and smoother.

There are also American, British, & Canadian style Goldens! 

Never adopt any puppy from a backyard breeder or pet store (unless they are a rescue). Reputable breeders typically do not have to advertise their puppies on flyers. You can also find quite a few Golden Retrievers on Petfinder.com. There, you can already tell what kind of coat they have!