It’s a familiar story in India: a dog with a small head, long legs, and big eyes, wandering the streets.
And a pet owner would not hesitate to leave it there.
It’s called dog breed selection.
The process of dog breed identification, however, has been controversial in India for some time.
Since the early days of the dog breed control movement, it was believed that breed identification could lead to the euthanasia of unwanted dogs, according to The Times of India.
The debate has continued to rage on.
And in the case of India, the dog breeds of choice have been those that have been deemed as particularly “dangerous” to society.
The Dog Breeders’ Federation of India (DBFI) has long campaigned against breed selection, saying it would only lead to “more dog-friendly societies.”
The organization also argued that dog breeders were only interested in creating a market for their products.
However, the association has lost its fight, and now has a more receptive audience.
According to a report by the National Institute of Animal Husbandry, the number of dog breeds has increased in India from 10,000 to over 100,000, with a number of Indian breeds gaining a foothold in the world’s top dog breeder markets.
The country’s dog breed experts are also taking a wait-and-see approach.
In a report, Dog Breed Expert Gopalkrishna Bhatnagar said he does not believe breed selection is “a good option for the society.”
He also said that the practice would only increase the “disease risk of the society.”
“The society will be more and more exposed to diseases that we have to deal with in the country,” he said.
Dog breeders, on the other hand, argue that breed selection has the potential to create a “golden breed” of dogs that will be better able to withstand the pressures of urban life.
“It is a way to make dogs more social, and breeders will not like it,” said Pradeep Kumar, president of the Association of Dog BreedERS.
“The breeding of dogs for the purpose of increasing their population is a terrible thing to do, but the breeders do it for the sake of breeding dogs for their own purposes.”