Originally Posted by lionessrampant
I really don't understand breeding, I guess. I don't understand the differences between breeders, I don't understand why some are responsible and some aren't, etc.
I might get flamed severely for saying this, but here's my problem with any kind of breeding: 3 to 4 million (MILLION!) animals are killed (euthanized is sort of a euphemism, I think) every single year, and yet breeders continue to create kittens and puppies that go to home that COULD have taken in one of those 3 to 4 million lost lives.
So, someone please explain the necessity of breeding to me before some breeder flames me...I don't really understand why we need purebreds...I have two former ferals who are completely loving and wonderful little beings and I don't understand, so someone please enlighten me so that I can have a balancced view on this topic
Ok,well first there are people out there who wont settle for anything but their chosen breed. so a moggie, would not due. and that would most likely be why they would stay away from a shalter and one of those lost lives. sad to say, but true.
Secondly, I feel personally. without purebreds there would be no moggies, they all had to start somewhere.
Thirdly, striving to better a breed is a passion. not every cat breed is the same, as I am sure you well know. By RESPONSIBLE breeding, your actually bettering the breed, and making the genetic line as a whole, stronger. That is, the hope at anyrate. And that is why good breeders, will only allow their strongest, most worthy, who are better than BOTH parents kittens go on to also be breeders.
I think someone else could explain is better than I could. As i am realtively new to cat breeding. But have been on the horse end of sometime. and i know why I breed horses. I am striving to keep around a line, that has been around for 1,000's of years. I am striving to keep them as they were, the tent horse, the versilitle, agile, graceful, loyal animal that was its masters most beloved creature.
And although my chosen breed of cat has not been around as my chosen breed of horse. I feel the same about them.
That all being said and done, my moggies out number my purebreds, and always will. Because there is always room for one more in my home, and heart.