Stephen Whitley· Registered
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Would you do it or is it unethical/wrong/detrimental to the breed? Would you continue to train the dog or seek another prospect?
Is your dog's skin allergy a year round thing?I currently have an allergy dog (skin) and I would never breed him. It's a PITA to deal with and wouldn't want to pass that on to another dog/owner.
NOTHING wrong with training/competing with an allergy dog, but I don't think it is ethical to breed one... after all, of an entire litter, how many will be going to other homes? Those people may ALL end up dealing with the results of a breeding like this. I wish more folks would be up front about allergies when breeding their bitches or offering their dogs at stud, though. Usually, allergies show up in dogs between 2-4 years of age, though... and often this is *after* they have had or sired their first litter(s), so there are some cases where it is understandable.• If neither parent is allergic, the chance of developing allergies in offspring is about 15%.
• If one parent is allergic, the risk increases to 30%.
• If both parents are allergic, the risk is greater than 60%.
I think, like lots of other things, they can be, but I don't think it is quite as simple as clear/carrier/affected like EIC or CNM, and sometimes, it just "shows up". Lots of mixed breeds have terrible allergies. My worst allergy dog (Lab) had at least two siblings with pretty nasty seasonal skin allergies. She was never bred, she had other physical issues, like both CCLs repaired before 2.Do we really know if allergies are hereditary?