|Barked: Mon Sep 24, '12 2:50pm PST |
|I can't get your photo links to work on this computer, but I can speak to other aspects of your post.
PWDs have been increasingly popular due to their do-it-all nature, low-shed coats and the fact that the Obamas have one. Even before that, though, I would meet people who purchased a PWD because they saw one who was a therapy dog and wanted one just like it. No reputable breeder would place a dog in a home soley because the people saw one who was a therapy dog. There are loads of back-yard breeders and puppy mills responding to the increased demand for PWDs. They are out there.
They are not a common breed, but they are certainly not rare in the sense that an Italian Water Spaniel or Cannaan Dog is rare. Breeds like those are so rare that the show breeders covet them, adopting only to good breeding homes or carefully screened pet homes on spay/neuter contracts. You almost never see them outside the show ring and they certainly aren't running around making puppies with other strays. PWDs are way more common than that.
Shelters often just guess at a dog's breed when it's turned in. In the case of a $2k dog, one of two things happened: She got loose and wandered so far from home that her family didn't call the right shelters. Without a microchip or ID, there's no way to find her family. Or she was purchased as a status symbol but turned out to need too much attention, so she was dumped (Fox is one of these, x5). People who like to shell out a ton of money for a display piece don't like it when that piece needs daily training and exercise to keep it from destroying other expensive display pieces such as cars, shoes, handbags and furniture. Depressing, but true.
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