President-elect Barack Obama has promised his daughters a puppy.
A dog with a poodle mix is reportedly being considered because of allergies.
Interestingly, it’s not just animal welfare agencies who would prefer the pound puppy over a doodle mix.
Here’s a letter I received from a poodle breeder to the new administration urging the president-elect not to choose a labradoodle or any other "novelty" mix breed perpetuated by profit-mongering puppy mills or inexperienced backyard breeders.
The letter advises the new prez to consider pound puppies over these high-priced trendy designer dogs or to stick with a recognized American Kennel Club breed of dog from a reputable AKC breeder.
And it brings up important issues that many people — including the president-elect — may not have thought about.
Dear Mr. Obama and Representatives of the President-Elect:
I understand that the Obama family is considering purchasing a Labradoodle puppy as a family companion. This concerns me deeply, both as an advocate of free (but honest) enterprise, and of dog ownership in general.
To get right to the point, the Labradoodle phenomenon is the "poster child" for what is wrong with ethical pet dog production and sales in our United States, and I believe it would send a very negative message to the responsible animal advocates in the U.S. This is not a breed, and it is not being stewarded by honorable, knowledgeable, or caring breeders.
Perhaps the Obama family could have a dog training authority select a great shelter dog for the White House from one of our many dog pounds nationwide, it would have the same result and would not encourage the breeding of novelty puppies by inexperienced profit mongers.
Sadly, dogs are often viewed as mere accessories in our culture, and the Labradoodle is the optimal example of that devaluation of life in our current society.
It is common knowledge among responsible and ultimately accountable breeders of purebred AKC Labrador Retrievers and Standard Poodles that none of us, nationwide, will ever, ever sell to these mixed breed backyard breeders.
Keep reading to find more about breeding, genetics and dog health and personality….
Photo: Obama hugs his puppy-loving daughter, Malia, 10, with wife Michelle. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times
Therefore, the bloodstock of these short term profit mongers is the lowest of the low in terms of the gene pool, creating multiple genetic diseases among the puppies they produce, as well as serious temperament problems including both aggression and shyness.
These short term entrepreneurs will breed any dog based on pedigree and are completely unqualified to match-make, yet they are quite qualified as salespeople and write a darn good web-site.
Genes, including the ones for inherited disease and bad temperament, do not disappear, as is commonly believed, when out-crossed.
Rather, when crossing two perhaps over-bred pure breeds of dog, one gets the inherited physical and emotional problems that both pure breeds are battling when the two are combined.
The claims of non shedding coats are false, as the hypo-allergenic poodle coat is usually not dominant over the heavily shedding Labrador as the newly established Labradoodle breeders claim. That in itself would account for the horrendous number of Labradoodles in rescues and shelters nationwide.
Responsible, caring breeders always use a contract which commands any re-homed puppy they produce, regardless of age, to be returned to the breeder. Why the huge numbers of doodles being discarded?
Please reconsider the Labradoodle purchase, and consider a quality Standard Poodle, Labrador, Golden Retriever, or any other pure AKC breed that suits the Obama children from a well recognized AKC breeder in good standing with their parent organization.
Dogs are not disposable. And children, who are ignorant of all these intricacies, will be completely emotionally invested in whatever puppy you choose. It is so much more than just a dog.
Thank you for your consideration on this matter.
Name Withheld by request of the writer.
What do you think? Should the Obama family adopt a rescue puppy? Get a doodle?
Or stick with a recognized American Kennel Club breed?
What kind of breed would you like to see in the new White House? And why?
And how about a First Cat?