(and for people that think that THEIR pups will to good homes,because THEY KNOW )
Yeah, Ash has his tail; it was the first litter she left them on because she's so active in agility and rallyo and I hope she's not going to have to go back just for the sake of being able to compete in AKC events! I'm liking the American thing personally; we have the German, the Aussie, Anatolian (?), 'bout time we had a new breed to call our own and brag on! We shrunk 'em after all. We just can't seem to leave anything alone!Austrailian shepherds sound better and I love the tails!!!!!!
slightly confused here,are you saying somebody should carry on breeding? Dont get me wrong,I lurve tails and hate any part of a dogs body cropped or snipped or chizzled,leave 'em alone,they are perfect as they are when they are born but I would not promote breeding in any way shape or form,uh uh just wouldnt,sorry'bout time we had a new breed to call our own and brag on! We shrunk 'em after all.
We also gave them more health problems when we shrunk them. The people that breed "Miniature American Shepherd" or "Miniature Australian Shepherd" were doing so for money just like any person that cross breeds or breeds exclusively for any trait.
The reasoning cropping or docking was done was because it protected the animals health from danger. When the dog was doing its original job it could get hurt if it had a long tail or flopping ears. Guard dogs had their ears ripped off during fights against intruders. The reason it is still included in the breed standard is in the hopes that people will still allow the dogs to do their original jobs instead of just show dogs or pets.
I would also like to point out the I am a dog breeder and that you shouldn't bad mouth us all because so of us do try and better the breed. I breed Great Danes at my kennel Obsidian Snow and at my aunt's kennel Shaedane. I health test everything because while I know my lines don't carry some ailments other might. If the stud I'm breeding to doesn't have one test done I will offer to pay for it if they don't want to. My oldest Dane has been 15 year old, really remarkable for Great Danes, and we haven't seen a case of hip displasia in at least 10 years. Can other breeder say the same?