Submitted: August 15th, 2008
Vote Due: October 1st, 2008
Is it time for D.C.A. to discuss the possibility of AKC
registration of the descendants of the
I usually don't post on most of the discussions just because of
the over the top reactions that seem to follow expressing one's
opinion. However, I'm coming out of lurk mode here now, because I
just hate to see how heated some of the discussions of this topic
are becoming. My post is not directed at one side or the other,
I have been reading and digesting views on the "backcross project" since we've been talking about it. I entered into this discussion without any baggage from the original vote on whether or not to allow AKC registration of the LUA dals (I was not a member of DCA back then). I've been trying to look objectively at the project and think how could we move forward on it and yet meet the goals of the breeders who have objections to it. Life is not black and white; there are many times shades of gray. I think one of the things that I've learned as an adult as a result of working with clients and employees at our hospital, is that sometimes a compromise may be the best way to go, so that everyone gets some of what they desire. It's not a perfect world and none of us have any perfect dals. All of us have goals and ideals, but at times in making decisions, we have to decide which criteria are the most important to us.
In making breeding decisions in the past, I've had to select mates for my dals that are not perfect in every area. I think the most important
things in selecting who to breed to are (in decreasing order of
importance): health issues, temperment, conformation and gait, and
spotting. Being a breeder and a veterinarian, I try to breed a dog that will be a healthy and loving member of a family for many years
to come. As a veterinarian, I don't feel that we have a breed that
is relatively health issue free. After all, we have deafness, uric
I know in this discussion, statements have been made that reducing
the uric acid levels is not the solution to the problem.
I agree that high uric acid levels by themselves are not the whole
cause of a case of urinary blockage. I agree that there are many
factors most likely involved. However, as a veterinarian, I know
Most of us preach to our new puppy owners that type of diet, water intake, and exercise and voiding are the keys to preventing stones in our breed. However, there are cases where the owners have done everything right and the dog still gets stones. We are also plagued by the fact too that no matter how much you preach to new dal owners, they don't always do everything you tell them to do (this also happens to vets too!). So, despite your best efforts to educate new owners and prevent problems in their new dal pet, some dogs will suffer because people get lax (either because they just get too busy and let things slide or they just thought it wasn't that important).
As our economy takes a down turn and things get financially tighter for most families, the decision of whether to treat a blocked dal or not may result in more being put to sleep because the family cannot
I would suggest to vote "Yes" on the ballot to "Allow the DCA to
DISCUSS the possibility of AKC registration of the descendants of
the Dalmatian-Pointer cross". Again, the key word here is DISCUSS
A lot has been said about the spotting of the LUA dals. Yes, there
are some with less than desireable spotting. However, as was said
before, a lot of us have some dogs that are not perfectly spotted
As has been referred to in the past, our breed is suffering from a limited gene pool. Starting up a viable pool of LUA dals will require breeding those existing with as varied a number of pedigrees as possible in order to improve the hybrid vigor of those produced. I personally don't have a problem with registration of the LUA dals with the AKC (as long as there is some notation in the registration which denotes it as such). One pointer in 11 generations does not cause me great concern. All breeds are a combination of some foundation breeds and along the way have had other things added in to achieve the desired result.
In response to the concern that the pointer could be bringing in
new hereditary diseases, periodic monitoring of the offspring of
the LUA dals for these diseases could be done and the results
recorded so that this could be evaluated. Whether or not to use
these LUA dals in your breeding program will be an individual
decision of each breeder. This is not a whole lot different from
how we do things now anyway. I have not decided on whether or not I
would use one of these LUA in my breeding program in the
Please be patient with each other and not be hasty in making a final decision on something that has some potential to help our breed with a huge health issue. Try to keep an open mind and look for solutuions to the current impass that we seem to be teetering on. Let's try to resolve problems, not create them. Flaring tempers and raw emotions just help in the marketing of Prozac. We're being very self destructive in such behavior. We can accomplish so much more as a group than as splintered smaller factions.
Linda L. Scheller-Bradley, D.V.M.
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