, many countries even refusing
registration of a dog with either parent displaying merle gene pattern.
January 23rd 2008
Reply to Mr. S.D. Gladstone
American Kennel Club
I cannot allow your correspondence of
19th Jan 2008 to pass without reply. You state your concern as a member of
the dog fancy of some 35 years.
I reply as a genuinely concerned member
of some 34 years, & nowhere have I found evidence to support the
breeding of Merles. And I note your ramblings do not refer to recognized
data by various world renowned geneticists, only the list of your own
Importance within the dog fraternity.
You certainly will not succeed in
trying “to convince” anyone, perhaps save yourself, & the arrogance to
then excuse your words, written on AKC letterhead, as your own.
To say this will lead to ALL other
Merle affected breeds being D.Q’d, is your opinion, not fact. These
other breeds, which have existing Merle Pattern, cannot just ‘get rid of
it’, it is a DOMINANT, which will breed on.
You speak of DNA to confirm Merle
presence, this is not necessary if no Merle is involved in the first
place. Which brings me to ask, Why introduce something which wasn’t
/ isn’t there in the first place? And particularly something which
WILL cause major health & welfare problems no matter what
you believe. To suggest there is “no realistic chance” is total
rubbish. Yet you admit it is possible that deafness & blindness can be
What about sterility, a lack of an
anus, lack of ear canals, etc etc; And importantly for the
Chihuahua, a reduction in colour/s. NOT TO MENTION X BREEDING in the
first instance, to introduce it.
Further your references to the Anti Dog
Lobby, eg; PETA & the like you conveniently throw in the words,
‘crazies’ & ‘humaniacs’, descriptions I find disgusting. I and many
other honest concerned breeders of all breeds as we know them, are not
Your opinions really are not required,
regardless of your list of personal titles, In fact I regard you as
interfering in this matter, being a position holder. You cannot have
your ‘cake & eat it too’ Either you are a director or a breeder.
As for your quote in respect of
a ban of all breeds at the extreme,
this is not just their small size but the inherent problems in the
breed, associated mainly due to their diminished size. Considered a
health & welfare or cruel situation, so why introduce more problems,
YOU ARE PLAYING INTO THEIR
HANDS, can’t you see that?
Your arrogance comes to the fore again
when you say, England made a “poor decision.” How dare you interfere
with logical decisions made by overseas Countries? England is not the
only Country to ban the Merle Pattern in Chihuahuas.
In part, I quote you;
PLEASE DON’T FALL PREY TO SOMEONE WHO
IS DEFINITELY TRYING TO DISTORT THE FACTS, & PREACH SCARE TACTICS TO
THOSE HE BELIEVES ARE BENEATH HIM.
STAND UP & PROTECT YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE
ON YOUR OWN DECISION, MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT TO DISQUALIFY.
Anita Wright (Mrs)
She is a licensed Toy and
Terrier judge in Australia. Her kennel name is Mordosa. She was former Secretary of
her State Club but for the last 6 years, she has held the position
of Secretary of the National Chihuahua Council of Australia, the NCC.
Australia has 6 State Clubs, but only one
national body, and they all work under the Australian National Kennel Council
Mrs. Wright’s letter was forwarded to TheDogPlace.org by Lesley
Harger. We contacted Mrs. Wright for permission to
publish, which she graciously granted. The reply to Mr. Gladstone