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The Importance Of Purebred Dogs By Babette Haggerty

1422 words - 6 pages

Take a moment and picture a dog in your head. What do you see? You may see many different things depending on your own personal encounters with the species. There are many types of dogs out there. Some small, some large, long-haired or short-haired. There are many variances in what a dog can look like. One thing that does not change, or should not change, is the importance for every dog in this world to be given love and affection, no matter its characteristics. This is what leads me to believe that the obsession with producing and owning purebreds needs to come to a halt. Continuing to create these so-called “best dogs” is dangerous to not only the purebred’s health, but also devalues mixed breeds and can cost them their lives in animal shelters where they may never escape. My interest in this topic caused me to look into seeing what other people felt about it.
I came across an article the other day on the Internet titled “The Importance of Purebred Dogs” by Babette Haggerty on her blog titled “Babette Haggerty on Dogs & Training.” In this article, Haggerty shares why she will always own a purebred dog. She begins her article with putting to shame PETA’s position on the matter by using heavy amounts of sarcasm. She then tells us a story of how she once adopted a mix-bred dog and how her father did not approve of this decision, seeing as he was an AKC judge and that she was always “raised with purebred dogs (Haggerty).” She then continues on to share how “buying purebred dogs and showing dogs at Westminster is a money maker (Haggerty)” and then goes into some detail on why dog shows are good for the economy without backing up her claims with any sources of evidence or statistics. Haggerty then goes on to explain how specific breeds of dogs are well-suited for certain positions and claims before getting a dog she wants to know what to expect out of it including it’s characteristics and health issues, which is a common viewpoint for purebred owners. On the matter of knowing what you’re getting Haggerty then goes into an analogy of comparing dogs breeds to different types of cars, which I find to be in very poor taste. She concludes her article by stating, “purebred dogs are important and it is important to preserve and protect them (Haggerty).”
Considering where I stand with my views on this matter, I have many issues with this article. One immediate issue I have is the way Haggerty includes the comparison of dog breeds to different cars. One problem with this comparison is that cars are manufactured while dogs are living creatures like we are; not objects. To compare a dog to a car is very demeaning and objectifying. “Do you want a no name Buick?” is what is used to describe a mixed-breed dog (Haggerty). How insulting is that? I understand that she is trying to say that you buy a specific car to serve a specific purpose, but dogs are there as companions. That is their purpose. Having a variance in the breeds put into a dog should not affect its...

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