Fidose of Reality has been making the media rounds to bring all the news and info that dog lovers of the highest order, like you, demand. When the Associated Press (AP) came knocking to asking us about purebred dogs and why the Cocker Spaniel owns our heart, we had to rejoice and answer them!
Labrador Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels, and Poodles have been some of the most popular purebred dog breeds in the United States for a total of 67 of the 128 years that the AKC has been counting the data, according to the AP article. In all, more than 40 million purebred dogs have been registered with AKC since 1884.
Purebred or mutt, reputable breeder or rescue, we have a love affair with dogs, and certainly my career choice and passion for them fits right into that mantra. I cringe, though, because though I am a fan of Westminster Kennel Club and I cover it every year for media (this year is no exception), I actually don’ t want my dog’s breed to be popular. See, popular breeds find their way into the breeding programs of both amazing and horrible breeders. I have rescued dogs and saved my last little girl from a puppy mill nightmare. My dog, Dexter, is from a reputable breeder. He found me, you see, and through a series of events, 30 days after losing my Brandy Noel, he found his way to my heart. We were meant to be. I did my research, I talked to the breeder, I went on site, I met the mom and littermates, and I was interviewed extensively before I could have one of her babies. This is the face of a reputable breeder.
Then I read horror stories like this one from my friends at Oldies But Goodies Cocker Spaniel Rescue. OBG shares, “These 9 dogs are in some of the worst shape we have ever seen! They have feces-caked mats, cloudy eyes, and infected ears. Please share their story and donate what you can to help them heal.” For the weak of heart, I won’t post their photos here, but if you can chip in and help them, a Chip-In fund has begun. These dogs ALL came from a backyard breeder of Cocker Spaniels. This type of things happens with all breeds. So if you want a reputable breeder, do your homework, please.
So popularity will mandate and dictate what the general public demands. Puppy millers and horrid backyard breeders must be shut down. Puppy mills are selling thousands of dogs online. Dogster magazine covered this topic and it is really worth reading. Dogster magazine’s editor (Janine Kahn), like myself, both have a dog who came from a very reputable breeder. I stopped trying to justify that I did this and knowing I do help rescue dogs, foster dogs, I fundraise, and I am half the equation in this year’s Wigglebutt Wedding to raise funds for Cockers in need, I thwart negative comments that sometimes get tossed my way.
Half of the Wigglebutt Wedding duo is Zoe, the bride. Zoe was rescued the day she was scheduled to be euthanized by Life’s Little Paws. Zoe and Dex will fun fundraise for dogs in need and all proceeds from their event will go to help Life’s Little Paws do their work and save lives daily.
Meantime, my passion for Cocker Spaniels continues. They are eternal bundles of joy and under that fur is an eternal 3-year-old waiting to emerge. My heart beats dog™- always has, always will.
Here’s the piece from the AP if you’d like to check it out: Lifestyle, Pop Culture Drive Dog Breed Popularity.