Advantages of Purebred Dogs
For thousands of years, man has bred strains of dogs with desired characteristics and/or ability and instincts to perpetuate and enhance these characteristics. Purebred dogs are true to type when mated. Offspring are predictable in appearance and instinct, and are more reliable in temperament.
Various breeds of purebred dogs have appeared and disappeared throughout history. Various dog registries throughout the world recognise more than 400 pure breeds. Some of these are of relatively recent origin, while others have existed since the time of the pharaohs.
Many mixed breed dogs and dogs of indeterminate breeding are capable of providing excellent canine companionship and in some cases even human service and assistance, just as purebred dogs do. However, neither the appearance nor characteristics of mixed breed dogs are predictable, nor can they be perpetuated. The belief that mixed breeds of dogs are more vigorous, healthy, or well adjusted than properly bred purebred dogs is a myth. The choice of a purebred dog permits the prospective dog owner to select the size, appearance, disposition and instincts that the owner desires with assurance that a puppy purchased from a responsible breeder should possess those characteristics.
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The Victorian Canine Association Inc shares the public's concern about over population of dogs and the resulting euthanasing of large numbers of dogs.
The VCA believes this problem results from inadequate animal control and irresponsible breeding and marketing practices of commercial and unethical breeders. We strongly support measures to educate people who breed pets and the potential pet buying public about responsible breeding practices and the responsibilities of pet ownerhsip. We endorse strengthened enforcement of the laws governing commercial breeders and traffickers in dogs and, where necessary, the strengthening of the laws themselves.
We support the spay/neutering of non-breeding stock, but reserve the rights of breeders to reserve their judgement on potential breeding animals.
Use of Dogs in Sporting and Competition Activities
The Victorian Canine Association Inc encourages and strongly supports the interaction of mutual enjoyment of man and dog in sporting activities such as hunting and field trials; in working circumstances such as herding, tracking and weight pulling; and in competitive events such as dogs shows, obedience trials and other performance tests.
We believe dogs should be properly cared for and humanely trained not pushed beyond reasonable limits.
The Victorian Canine Association Inc totally and unequivocally opposes the practice of training a dog to attack humans and/or animals. We are in full support of any state or federal laws that would outlaw this practice.
The Victorian Canine Association Inc opposes the training of dogs for aggressive behaviour by any person.
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