I think that when it comes to the breeding debate a lot of people are completely missing the point. NO ONE is saying that some chihuahuas are better dogs than others because of the length of their noses, etc. A chihuahua that perfectly conforms to the standard is no better a dog than one that does not. HOWEVER, when it comes to breeding, the standard does matter. The point is that there are sooooo many dogs euthanized daily because there are thousands more dogs than people who can give them homes. So when youre talking about contributing to the dog population by breeding, its important to do so thoughtfully, and to have a good reason to do so. Regardless of your views on showing, to breed any dogs carelessly and without good reason is just plain wrong. Theres no shortage of chihuahuas needing homes, and many adorable, sweet, loving chis are euthanized everyday. To justify adding to the overpopulation of dogs, there should be a really good reason. "Bettering the breed" by pairing carefully chosen and rigorously health-tested dogs who have been proven in the ring is a great reason to breed. I dont think its the ONLY acceptable reason, but carelessly, repeatedly breeding random pet dogs just to breed them (or because you couldnt be bothered to take the simple steps to prevent it) is truly UNACCEPTABLE.
It seems like some are misunderstanding the arguments that are being made about breeding, and think that people are just trying to make elitist comments and are suggesting that only champion show dogs are worthy of breathing air. Pet quality chis are just as wonderful as those that are show quality, I dont think anyone is disputing that.
It would be nice if everyone could conduct themselves with grace and kindness on the board, but I dont believe thats realistic. Its great to be polite, but not always practical. Im sure everyone would speak up if someone said they liked beating their dogs with a stick or only fed them on wednesdays, thats abusive and cant be tolerated. Similarly, mating a puppy with no regard for your own dogs life and safety, much less that of the upcoming litter, and not even bothering to stick around while the poor little creature delivers the litter, is ABUSIVE and negligent. At that point, I think politeness can go right out the window. A precious chis safety and welfare matters more than nice manners to me.
Id rather concentrate my time and energy on fun posts, pictures, and giving and sharing info and tips on new toys and beds, diet, etc, but sometimes these threads are just too hard to ignore. I dont blame anyone for being a bit rude or aggressive where a dogs life is literally being endangered.
Just my opinion.