There are a lot of dogs in shelters and rescues in Sabah and herding dogs mean âbuyersâ will not adopt dogs from shelters. There are a lot of animals in our local shelter, breeds and mix / local. Some people think that by buying their dogs from a breeder they will somehow get a superior pet, this is not always the case!
Many pastoralists do not realize how much pet breeding affects the existing problem of overpopulation of domestic / stray animals that we have in Sabah. Millions of dogs all over the world are euthanized in shelters every year due to lack of space, resources and people to adopt them … this is not yet the case here in Sabah.
The idea of ââproducing more dogs / cats to meet the “demands” of people who are willing to pay large sums of money for purebred puppies while hundreds of dogs are in overcrowded / roaming shelters in the streets is not fair.
Bad husbandry practices
Many breeders are pushing the boundaries, causing serious health problems for the animals.
Dog breeding was once very functional – a shepherd breeds only the best sheepdogs or a hunter breeds dogs with the best instincts – but with dogs now playing more of a companion role, many people are just looking for a specific appearance in their puppy, whether it is breed or designer mix. This has led to the over-breeding of specific types of dogs bred for financial gain without research and without the time required to produce a healthy dog.
The English Bulldog is an example of very bad breeding practices as it has gained popularity for its pleasant demeanor and childish practices. Unfortunately, this popularity has led the Bulldog breed to rank second among all breeds for congenital illnesses and associated deaths in puppies. This was the result of years of poor husbandry practices, so now many of these animals are in constant pain. They suffer from chronic physiological stress due to severe physical limitations that have been deliberately imposed on them by misguided and unscrupulous breeders, breed clubs and dog clubs.
Encourage puppy mills
Dog breeding is considered an industry and in every industry there are some who do it right, and those who do it just for money, cutting into the dog’s health, hygiene conditions, etc. Mass production dogs often with little or no experience raising dogs in what are called “puppy mills”.
These mills are large scale cat or dog breeding facilities where profit takes priority over animal welfare. These breeders often house dogs in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions without adequate veterinary care, food, water or socialization. In order to maximize profits, bitches are bred on every occasion with little to no recovery time between litters.
Puppy mill animals are often only eight weeks old, are sold to pet stores or directly to the public on the Internet, through newspaper and market advertisements, and because puppy mills focus on profit, dogs are often bred without much concern for genetic quality. . Puppy mill puppies are prone to congenital and hereditary diseases, including heart disease and blood and respiratory disorders. Additionally, puppy mill puppies often arrive in pet stores and their new homes with illnesses or disabilities ranging from parasites to pneumonia.
As animal husbandry continues to gain popularity and is seen as a quick way to make money, it is a recurring problem with little legislation or resources to monitor these bad practices.
Promote purebred superiority
Breeders focus on breeds because many believe that conception animals are superior, whereas a local / kampung dog or rescue animal is considered a downgrade when in fact studies have shown that dogs purebred have more health problems than a mixed breed.
There is the fear that if a dog is mixed up their behavior can be unpredictable, but often times you can tell from their appearance which dogs and therefore traits are more likely to be present in their character. And although purebreds often exhibit the behavior and characteristics of their lineage, breed does not guarantee behavior.
Tail docking and ear trimming
Tail Trimming and Ear Trimming is a practice of removing an area of ââa dog’s tail or ear … both of which are illegal in Sabah!
Besides being illegal here (and in many other countries), this cruel, painful and unnecessary practice is still practiced by many unscrupulous breeders and vets in order to force their dogs to look special.
Beauty above all
Most dogs today are family / companion dogs and breeders and buyers are more interested in their appearance which can sometimes mean health is being overlooked.
Dog breeds such as the Husky have been bred in our climate to which they are clearly not suited; yet, many breeders still breed, knowing that dogs will have problems and will not do well. Many of these purebred dogs that were bought and produced for aesthetic and financial reasons end up in shelters and rescue centers already overcrowded around the world or abandoned on the streets of Sabah.
Short term trends
Puppy mills and unethical breeders are happy to produce breeds that the public suddenly loves, no matter what the consequences for the dogs. Social virality loves small dogs, so some breeders are raising small dogs despite horrible health issues. Often bitches are bred too young, and once they reach a point of physical exhaustion and cannot reproduce again, they either die or are thrown away.
Pet stores help support this activity by buying from breeders or raising the animals themselves! The buyer, attracted by the cute doggie in the window, will buy these animals without knowing the real origin of the dogs, because these customers are also not interested in them.
Following trends and then capitalizing on a dog’s life for monetary reasons is one of the grim realities of dog breeding today and because so many of these breeders operate unattended, it is impossible to follow them accurately. or how many there really are. are. When selling animals, many say they are not breeders, the puppies were just an “accident” … or worse yet, they say it’s their “hobby”?
We have to be responsible and take into consideration the health and welfare of animals … these are not objects or communities and buying by choosing to buy from a breeder that you are helping to contribute more to cruelty towards animals and the prolonged suffering of animals raised, sold, abandoned in our streets !!
When you decide you’re ready for a pet, please choose wisely … and adopt without buying!