Dog clubs like Westminster & American Kennel Clubs continue to perpetuate the idea that "pure breeds" are better dogs than mixed breed dogs. Because of this, many dogs are born from breeding standards that focus on the color of their coats or the pointiness of their ears rather than the health of their hearts or the sharpness of their minds.
As a result, many breeders mate fathers to daughters or even brothers to sisters to retain traits that have nothing to do with a dog's welfare. Healthy puppies are euthanized when their physique differs from the norm. And let's not forget the hundreds or even thousands of dogs bred in puppy mills that are no healthier -- and often sicker -- than their mixed breed counterparts -- and abandoned when they're too old to be sold.
If this continues, we will be breeding dogs to their extinction — inbreeding dogs eventually leads to sterility.
If you believe that breed standards should be based on a dog's health and not solely on appearance, please sign this petition. All dogs deserve better.
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I will hand deliver every signature to the Westminster Kennel Club and American Kennel Club.
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