Originally Posted by JLibourel
The Dogo man is obviously a very conscientious breeder, but frankly, a lot of people in the dog breeding game are unethical greed-heads. I think this is particularly true in the rare-breed orbit, where people often charge ridiculous prices (and frequently have leftover youngsters they couldn't move at the preposterous prices asked).
I didn't want to stereotype or group a set of dogs that already have their own public image issues, but so many breeders of the rare fighting/protection/guard dogs are extremely unethical and out to make a buck.
Don't get me wrong the same can be said of Chihuahua breeders or (not sure about the rest of the country) Bernese Mountain Dog breeders up here in the PNW, the things are EVERYWHERE. Anytime a dog becomes popular people come out of the woodwork and start breeding the crap out of them regardless of health, temperament etc.
JL, I'm not sure about the health thing. I mean it's completely anecdotal I realize and I haven't taken a look at statistics but it seems for every dog owner I talk to that has lost pets below the 10 year mark there's one that has had a dog that lived 10-14 years.
There are a lot of "bigger" breeds that I like, but I refuse to consider as I don't want to be a "lucky one" that has their companion live past the age of 7.