Product: Designer Dogs: An Expose’: Inside the Criminal Underworld of Crossbreeding
Author: Madeline Bernstein with forward by Dr. Phil McGraw
Price: $14.99 hardcover – Released September 25, 2018
Best Place to Buy: Amazon
Details: 208 pages – ISBN-10: 9781948062060
My Rating: 4.6 out of 5.0
Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
- #514 in Books
- #1 in Animal Husbandry
- #2 in Animal Rights
- #2 in Breeds
Designer Dogs: An Expose’: Inside the Criminal Underworld of Crossbreeding- The Review
Teacup dogs, cockapoos, puggles, and labradoodles are all the rage with pet owners.
According to author Madeline Bernstein (also President of LA’s branch of the SPCA), these types of dogs are severely inbred and over bred.
These breeds are some of the unhealthiest dogs you can adopt.
I really enjoyed this book… which took me me on an emotional roller-coaster ride….as it ventured into the heartbreaking and shocking realities of dog breeding coupled with encouraging and uplifting stories of pet adoption.
The focal point of this book is aimed at breeders of designer dogs… and positions many of them as nothing more than proprietors of puppy mills. Unfortunately, Bernstein also at times lumps legitimate and responsible purebred breeders into this same category….which is a shame.
Painting dog-breeding with such broad brushstrokes limits the effectiveness…when you are trying to focus on breeders who truly are operating as inhumane sellers.
The main thrust of the book centers on the major issues with designer dogs (health issues of the animals and the unsavory underbelly of the pet industry).
I would have enjoyed the book more if the the author didn’t occasionally drift off-topic to cite legal and regulatory cases….which, detract from the overall experience.
Shocking Exposure in the Pet Industry
The main revelation is the disturbing dangers of breeding our pets to be funnier-looking and unnaturally smaller for the sake of entertainment and social media posting fodder. The bizarre celebrity aspect surrounding these breeds also add to the fervor.
In today’s instant gratification culture we now treat animals as a commodity that surfaces as a whole industry aimed at creating “disposable pets”.
Bernstein unashamedly poses many ethical questions surrounding our basic ideals on pet ownership…. and turns the industry on its head.
With so many pets in shelters and kill centers needing adoption…as a society we need to re-evaluate our priorities in how we breed and treat animals….and how we profit from them.
With over 6.5 million animals put in shelters annually or put out on the streets…the cycle of made-to-order dogs rolls on. Many of these animals end up in shelters due to their owners inability or unwillingness….to pay high medical bills resulting from health complications due to their genetic over-breeding.
If you ever thought that adopting an older dog from a shelter was a better idea than buying a puppy….then this book will validate those notions…and it goes into great depth of how to adopt a dog properly.
Adoption vs. Purchase
Looking to “do the right thing” in pet adoption?…this book is for you. It’s also a fantastic resource for those who wish to purchase a purebred dog from a reputable breeder.
This book can help you navigate through the vetting process to make sure you are not enabling a puppy mill operator to stay in business.
If you care about animals and are thinking about adopting a pet in the near future…this book is a must read. It’s time for our society to question the pet industry and focus on the ethical treatment of animals and limit how they can be exploited and used as a commodity.
This book addresses a polarizing topic as you may see in other reviews.
Feedback on this book is pretty evenly split between Love and Hate.
I guess it depends on which side of the breeding topic you find yourself.
Many breeders have expressed outrage at this expose’..but if someone is a legitimate breeder who exercises ethical, medical, and anti-inbreeding practices then they shouldn’t be worried about this book.
This serves as a notice to those who unscrupulously churn out these poor animals… your days of operating in the shadows are coming to an end.
Portions of the proceeds from this book will be donated to the SPCA of Los Angeles.