linda holub 2
Breeders that care about the breed and not their pocketbook or “their line” can make a difference. By sheer luck I had a healthy toy poodle live 18-1/2 years. Now I have a poodle that has been diabetic since the age 4 (she is now 10) and if you look at her pedigree they “line breed” on her father’s side 5-6 times (not much was left of the diversity). The last poodle I got came from a decent breeder – she doesn’t have slipping knee (most do because of lack of room), she has perfect teeth for a tiny mouth, and a strong heart. I believe there will always be people like me who want a specific breed (be it guard or herding, etc) what needs to happen is educated buyers and moral breeders who care about the breed.