Choosing a dog – whats in a color

Choosing a dog by it’s color

There are enough dog breeds in the world that it would seem there is a breed for everyone and their individual unique situation. Choosing a dog and the ability to pick out a custom pet isn’t much different than picking out a vehicle in certain ways. We will have individuals that will always choose a practical vehicle. If they have four children they will steer clear of sports cars and focus more on minivans and large sport utility vehicles.

The single, twenty-something executive may be drawn to the sports car and the thought of a minivan will most likely induce vomiting. The real estate agent may think that something flashy will impress clients, but in all actuality the true agent will be transporting potential buyers from house to house.

A luxurious sedan would be the perfect fit for his or profession. Regardless of what type of car they choose, often times the driving factor comes down to the color of the vehicle. All the reviews could say one thing, but if a potential car buyer loves the color red, it’s sometimes hard to pull their gaze (and wallet) away from the crimson sports car even when the gray minivan is more practical.

When it comes to choosing a dog, just as in cars, people can often stray from what’s practical and end up choosing a breed that doesn’t fit their situation. Now in vehicles this selection is often fueled by a childhood desire and wish list. In dogs the actual decision, right or wrong, can come down to one simple aspect, color.

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Many people start choosing a dog breed based on it’s color and forget all about health issues.

Choosing a dog by color is one of the leading reasons individuals select certain dogs and breeds in generals. For as jaded a purpose as the dog matched the drapes, or the carpet, or the hardwood floors. Colors and patterns often seal the deal and separates a first pick puppy from a last pick puppy in the eyes of the novice pet owner.

Don’t believe me? Look at how color influences breeds and their popularity and how people go about choosing a dog. A Labrador has always been a popular breed, but the yellow lab has always garnished a special place in it’s fans hearts and almost always is chosen over it’s black counterparts. The only thing is another color of Labrador, overshadows the yellow, the chocolate!

The chocolate gold eyed Labrador was one of and often times still is the most popular color variety of the breed. Other breeds such as the Weinerainer and the Kerry Blue Terrier only come in one color variety, but the blue, or silver coated breeds are popular primarily for their color. The blue American Pit Bull Terrier, Cane Corsos, and Neapolitan Mastiff have all been victims of owners discarding practicality for a shade. The want and desire to possess a pretty colored dog is what causes a lot of the problems faced by many breeds today.

Now I know some of you may be thinking, why is it bad choosing a dog based on what you truly want and like. Honestly? Nothing if you are still considering health and the overall dog and breed. The issue is not that choosing on color is bad, but the fact is breeders breed for colors that will generate income.

The practice often consists of a discarding of all other attributes of producing healthy sound animals. The color breeder jacks up prices and sells pups based on words such as rare, or “hard to find”. The truth is colors are not generally rare and in some cases they are rare only because they are not desirable in certain breeds. The reasoning for not allowing certain colors in many breeds stems from health issues that are common with certain colors. The other issue is to protect the pedigrees and purebred status of a breed. If a color is not scientifically possible in a breed and the color or pattern suddenly appears, a breeder can suspect mixing. Therefore certain colors in certain breeds are not allowed, or at the least frowned upon when choosing a dog.

So why would these colors be available? The truth is the reason is the only color that matters, green. Dollars by the thousands move the crayon and marker scribbles in dog breeds. A brindle pup may cost a new owner five hundred dollars, yet his blue coated littermate brother may cost it’s new owner fifteen hundred dollars.

This color inflation pushes the colors into the hands of the influential and the color becomes a status symbol and people will flock to it. The color fad has effected breeds like the Doberman Pincher, the German Shepherd Dog, and Great Danes to name a few. The demand to own something different, yet the same, will always be a driving force in the pet industry. It is only through education that we can curb the demand.

The advice we would like owners to think about is health. White is frowned upon in some breeds because it has been linked to deafness. Dilutes in some breeds have been linked to skin issues. Pigmentation is also often correlated to coat color and can be something that some breeds have issues with.

In the end like your favorite vehicle, choosing a dog by color is ok. After all it is your purchase and you will be the one required to walk, feed, and clean up after your colorful pet. However, the love you develop, or the lack of love in certain cases, is what will determine if that dog is a one owner pet, or passed along from family to family. So it’s fine to pick the color of your minivan, but make sure that that shiny, golden, minivan has a strong engine and transmission to get you to and from for years to come! In dogs it’s the same thing, make sure everything else is in great condition on your pup, before considering it’s paint job!

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