I'm interested to find out if other parent breed clubs for dogs who tend to have "cullable" traits, have their position as strongly worded as The Dalmatian Club of America? I have already posted parts of their position on deafness and culling, and i personally find it unnecessarily strongly worded. I absolutely understand if a breed club strongly recommends culling to reduce incidents of certain traits, and i absolutely understand a breeder making that choice. What i don't understand is wording their position so strongly that a breeder essentially has NO choice. They make it very clear that if a breeder does not euthanize deaf pups they are NOT a responsible breeder. I would imagine that a breeder could damage his/her reputation within the club if it gets around that they are placing otherwise healthy, but deaf, pups in homes that are willing to work with such pups.
For example, deafness in Boxers can occur if the dog is white. But according to the breed club:
|A breeder may choose to place white puppies in homes as companion animals. But the practice of placing white puppies should be done carefully. A responsible breeder should require that any white or mismarked puppy must be spayed or castrated if placed as a companion animal.
ABC policy strictly forbids registering white Boxers with the American Kennel Club, as well as selling white Boxers or breeding white Boxers. The ABC also requires that white puppies not be included in the count on the AKC litter application form. The ABC has never condoned or encouraged the culling of white puppies.
I looked all around the Great Dane breed club site, but couldnt find much information about deafness, let alone culling. I found something in the minutes of one board meeting that suggested they were going to write a brochure for rescues on how to place deaf pups in good homes. The Dal site, on the other hand, would automatically say "euth the pup, DO NOT PLACE" *regardless of temperment.* Indeed, they state that if a family buys a pup, is having problems with it and then finds out its deaf, they don't recommend first trying a trainer that knows alot about deaf dogs, teaching the dog signs, or doing anything at all to help the dog adjust. They say, literally, to euth the dog and start over with a hearing one.
So.....anyone know if other breed clubs besides the DCA word their position on deafness and culling SO strongly?