Breeds you shouldn’t buy


Mark Taylor

Fawn Pug pup, 8 weeks old, and Birman-cross kitten

Claudia Tegtman, Staff Writer

Have you been thinking recently about getting a new animal? The fact is that there are some breeds of almost every species that you should try to avoid as to not promote the selling and reproduction of said breed. As many people are aware of, many animals look and act the way they do because they were bred by two parents with a desirable trait; this also causes genetic material and deformities/defects to be passed on as well because the breeder wants to continue the look that they were getting. This means that the entirety of that breed in the future will be prone to getting the same issues as the original parents. For any animal lover, this risk is not at all one worth taking as it puts the animal’s well-being at risk just to achieve certain characteristics. It is not only selfish of the breeder and the purchaser, but cruel to the animal forced to deal with the issues (or be extremely prone to getting the issues).

The spider ball python is an excellent example of the selling of animals with genetic deformities, and the reptile community is in an outrage. This snake is born shaking, which is known as the “spider wobble” and many owners find the wobble cute. Every spider is born with it no matter what- it’s always a gamble on how intense the wobble is for the offspring, even if two spider ball pythons with only a slight wobble are bred. Though it doesn’t look like much, the snakes are confused and often don’t know up from down, which often causes them to crash into the walls of their enclosure or mistake their own body as prey. They have incredibly bad balance, which stresses them out, yet they are still flying off the shelves because the breeders are spreading misinformation to make the public believe the spider wobble is harmless to the snake.

Another popular animal with genetic deformities would include the pug and the Persian cat who share similar problems. Both breeds have squished in faces, which to some may be cute and a reason to adopt, but they should rather be a cause for concern. Their shortened nasal passages makes it more difficult to breathe, and frankly, a bit cruel. Running and various physical activities that mostly every animal loves become an unenjoyable chore for the poor things. There are Persian cats for sale with longer muzzles that can actually breathe, so if you feel the need that you have to have one of these cats, consider the alternative.

Ragdoll cats are yet another example of an adorable breed of cat that is just prone to all different kinds of health hazards. Heart disease and bladder stones are much more common and likely to plague your pet, causing them and your wallet to suffer. The Cavaliers King Charles Spaniel is an adorable dog breed that many people wouldn’t think of looking into before adopting. Some of the more common issues with this breed would include heart murmurs, mitral valve insufficiency, seizures, canine hip dysplasia, deafness, entropion, weakened immune systems, and syringomyelia.

Many websites that actually discussed the health hazards of these breeds makes sure to assure the reader by saying “not to worry about it because taking care of any animal comes with risks.” This is partly true because every living creature has the chance of getting any illness, but the problem lies within the animal being bred to specifically include those risks in their genetic material, and risking any offspring they have to potentially suffer as well. This type of breeding, or the breeds that resulted from it, shouldn’t be supported as it’s supporting the breeders to continue making these decisions for more animals just for the sake of making a little cash.

It’s not a responsible thing to do to purchase an animal without first looking into possible issues the animal is prone to, and making the active decision to support the breeder they came from. It’s as cute to see a spider ball python flail around or a pug struggle to breathe as it is to see a blind dog run into a wall; all three examples are caused from issues resulting from birth that hinder the animal, although only one of them was purely by chance. Risk or not, whatever the animal is prone to will affect its quality of life, so research what you’re about to get into.