Dog Papers and the Legitimacy of Pedigree

Dog papers and Dog Registration

Even if you aren’t a dog person you probably know what dog papers are, or at the least heard someone brag of it’s dogs ownership of dead trees. He has papers, she is registered, or such and such is a champion in it’s bloodline. We all have heard debates and arguments involving mutts and purebred dogs.

Which is the better dog, in regards to brain, brawn, and health? The debate is endless and usually heated to the point of bad words and name calling! What truly is the difference, and how valuable is the pedigreed pooch?

At the end of the day all purebred dogs started as mutts. Mixed bred dogs that were created for a purpose or a like of a look and temperament. You can read any breed standard of any dog in the world and you will read about the combination of breeds used in it’s creation.

From the Doberman Pincher to the Maltese, they all have derived from a mixture of other established breeds. In fact when you truly get into the breaking down of ancestors, you may be surprised at just how diverse some of your favorite breeds actually are!

The reasons for creating breeds for over a century has generally been for a working purpose. An individual may have a rat problem in his or her village and have a dog that is a terrific ratter. It has a powerful bite and is quick enough to catch a rat in an open space, but is unable to kill the vermin when they go under objects, or borrow in holes.

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Jim Blackburn from Carolina Bully Farms talks about dog papers and pedigree registration.

The ratters long legs put it at a disadvantage in situations described above.

So, understanding the strengths and weaknesses the creator may discover another dog in a different village that is low slung to the ground and can borrow into hard to reach dens of the rats, but lacks the tenacity and bite to truly do the nasty job.

Combined these two breeds would be perfect, but separate they both lack elements to create the perfect ratter. Breeders have long since bred these two dogs together, the low slung, long bodied dog, with the feisty, athletic terrier. Giving each it’s own name and moniker to go by. The result is seen in the numerous breeds we see in today’s dog show ring.

The various similar breeds that appear alike yet have subtle differences. The ability to use established breeds with other established breeds is why we have the terrier group. A group that is so similar in type and ability, look is often the main separating quality. Hounds have long been established the same way, creating a dog with a better bay, bark, body and with more wind! The list of hounds goes on forever it seems, but each was created to create the perfect hunting dog.

As described above, it was often a village or town that sports the name of a breed. Why? Well as humans we have always been a competitive beast and before the wild days of the World Wide Web, the ability to get dogs from long distances was almost impossible. So purebred dogs and dog papers were established just from living and being bred in a specific area or township.

Over time these breeds will take on a distinguished look and a breed could be created from just the inbreeding and breeding practices in an area. The dogs would become the pride of the town and be matched and bragged about to passer throughs that came through the town and took word of these incredible dogs to the next town. It wasn’t always just sport that created a breed however, sometimes it was just a cute face and cold nose.

Dogs that were appealing to the eye and created a following solely from it’s appearance. The lap dog, or the impressive coat of some breeds all came from a haphazard accident at times. The need to document with dog papers and where a dog came from and from what parents became ideal. The scribbles on secret pads and the information used to create a breed became documented with dog papers. The value in a purebred dog was born the moment a pedigree was shared!

Business followed shortly after and the moment the first organization took to documenting a breed, the moment happened that it was viewed as more valuable. The pedigree business today is big business and with over 100 breeds registered in individual registries with dog papers that value has increased.

The practice of mixing has not slowed however, the amount of breeds actually contributes greatly to the number of mutts created and because the breeds are so tightly bred the mixes are often even more appealing! Why? Because with tightly bred animals you lock in the ascetically pleasing features, but also the health issues related to the breeds.

Mutts are not as tightly bred and often are thought to be more healthy and hardy! There is also the appeal of having something unique, a dog like no other with it’s own set of quirks and abilities not governed by a standard of dog papers!

So if all dogs started as mixes, why the push to brag about purebreds? It’s just human nature, but the truth is good dogs are found everywhere and the greatest thing about dogs is their ability to bring a smile to the harshest humans face! Mans best friend across the breeds and dog papers! It is simply the species which is the canine that makes it the perfect mix matched magnificent mutt we love!

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