Yes, Roo came from a very strong lineage and from excellent breeders who to this day very involved in the national ridgeback association.
I absolutely agree with everything that you said. Beverly asked for opinions about her breeding Abi. I voted, yes, as long as she had no expectation of breeding great show dogs and as long as she would be willing to take responsibility to find good homes for all of the puppies in the litter.
Personally, I love the ridgeback breed. I think they add much to our world. Yes, I volunteer at Animal Humane and also do fostering so I am very aware of the problem of too many dogs who need homes.
Once you get to know most of those shelter dogs, they find a way into your heart. It is so important to get them good homes.
However, does that mean that there is no room for purebred breeding unless the the dogs can be shown and hopefully improve the conformation of the breed ? I say the answer to that question is no.
Personally, I would hope to always have a ridgeback in my life, but I would also hope to also have a shelter mutt in my life as well.
There is room for both, IMHO, as long as whatever is done is done responsibly.
Down the road, if and when I lose my Roo, I will want another ridgeback, and I would hope that there are responsible breeders out there from whom I could procure a healthy puppy. In choosing that puppy many things would go into my personal evaluation. If the pup happened to be show quality, I would be proud to show him, if not, it would not matter much to me as long as he was first and foremost my loving companion.
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