Monday, July 9, 2012

Purebred Breeders LLC | Small Dogs as a Fashion Accessory

We read about fashion trends, a designer purse or designer jeans, but to many nothing is more controversial than designer pets. These are two of the major problems with "designer dogs for fashion", and Purebred Breeders LLC is sad to say that there has been an increase in the number of these dogs being taken into the animal shelters by owners who have either outgrown the phase or are unable to manage.

 Where it All Started

Purebred Breeders LLC feels it's safe to say that Hollywood is largely to be blame for the unfortunate phenomenon. The popularity of celebrities walking around with small dogs in their bags or celebrities spoiling the dogs beyond reasonable comprehension has spilled over into the lives of many. The problem is, it is hard to maintain the lifestyle without a big budget, it is time consuming, and many of those outside of the required income bracket to sustain such a habit are solely or personally responsible for the care of the dog.

Many celebrities on the other hand get a lot of help when they aren't parading their pampered pooches around. The reality is many of the dogs lack the training, socialization, and structure dogs need. Behavioral issues develop, the spending becomes too much, and sustaining the lifestyle simply becomes far more than was bargained for. This is why Purebred Breeders LLC always urges persons to think long term when buying or adopting pets.

The Result: More Dogs Ending Up in Shelters

In fact, three times the number of some breeds have been turned into shelters in the past year; the breeds mainly affected are Shih Tzu, Chihuahua and Bichon Frise. The Blue Cross has also acknowledged a spike in many designer breeds being dropped off and credit the behavioral problems resulting from being over-pampered for the decision. Shelters are seeing cases in which dogs have never been walked, refuse to walk no matter how hard they try, dogs that are afraid of leashes, and those that just do not know how to cope with being a normal dog.

What the shelter officials are finding is that many of these dogs were bought or adopted solely because they were trendy however, the owners did not consider the responsibility that comes with dog ownership. While most attempt to keep the dogs after the hype, far too many have abandoned them because they simply were not prepared. Purebred Breeders LLC would like to point out that owning a dog is no easy feat especially for first timers, and a lack of structure is a recipe for trouble. Also, dogs that are not made to understand they are dogs can become demanding, growl when they do not get their way, become destructive, or even jealous and hostile. It is therefore important that all variables be considered beforehand, and that dogs are not treated like humans.

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