wow, those GRs are pretty, btw, i can still tell they are GRs, too, i wondered if i would recognize a white GR if i saw one. I guess they are more cream than white, now that i see one.
I know It makes me sooo angry. Those people say they love their breed so much, but what they are doing, is distroying the breed. Like with the german shepherds, bulldogs, cavaliers.
Less severe example, but I think it is relevant: My friend has Golden Retrievers. And they are white. Not the beautifull rich golden brown, no, they are creamy white.
As she wanted to breed her second bitch, she had to do some confirmationshows. One day I went to see her in the ring and brought another friend, who doesn't know much about goldens. So she asked why these goldens were called golden, because all the dogs in the ring were white. So I explained that white is actually not an autenthic color, but because people like it, it is the new golden. Over here you only see white goldens in the confirmation ring. The brown ones are "working" dogs, bred by people who use the dogs for what they were made to do: hunting and retrieving.
This lady, turned out she was a breeder, overheard my explanation, turned around and was quite mad at me. She said white WAS an original color accepted by breedstandards.
I know the breedstandard says any shade of cream and gold, but there are no golden dogs in the showrings anymore. If you want your dog to win, you need it to be very lightcolored, or the judge will just send you out with a low score.
Fortunately, a few titles have been revoked, due to healthproblems. A few years ago I saw a german shepherd win best of breed. He could hardly stand on his feet, had no strenght in his backhand, he stood like he was going to fall over any second. His back was so sloped, I felt sorry for this dog. It is suppesed to be a powerfull breed, but this dog did NOT represent that.
All that , because of a few judges that think a sloped back is beautifull, and breeders just want to win
It's worse than that, Southern Girl. The club is talking about people who purposefully breed two merle dogs to one another, knowing that doing so produces double merle dogs who will have visual problems and may be deaf. Having two copies of the merle gene results in this, so some breeders will breed two merles and then just get rid of the double merles and keep the rest. To be clear, the parents aren't deaf or visually impaired, it's two copies of the merle gene that causes it. If the parents were deaf, you might have a chance that the puppies wouldn't be. But since they are knowingly breeding two merles, they know they will get some disabled pups as a result. Like I said, I advocate for the adoption of these disabled dogs, like my own, but I think purposefully bringing them into the world is not ok. It is very hard to find good homes for them, most of the time they are killed or left outside to die, like Calvin wasI am very angry that they would have the guts to tell breeder to KILL INNOCENT puppies just because they aren't perfect. . . If these idiots knew what they were doing or cared about the dogs they would do background checks on their dogs and if they have known problems they should be spayed or neutered so they do not pass on these problems, than found a loving home.