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Pure Longhaired Whippets


Formation of New Breeds

and Revival of Extinct Breeds


    Relatively few new breeds have been created or old extinct breeds revived since the end of the 1800's and the creation of the closed registries.  See Effects of Closed Registries.  Until recently, that is.    

    Increasingly, people are experimenting with new breed creation and old breed revival.  The reasons for this phenomena are manifold, no doubt.  Certainly people are looking for healthier dogs.  Also, people are curious and like to try new things and explore the unexplored.  Perhaps it is just a shift of the pendulum.  Maybe they have been wondering,  "Are we dumber than people were in the 1800's?  Do we know less?  Are we less capable of creating a new breed?  Do we have less resources, both technical and financial, than people 100 years ago? Is it illegal to create a new breed?  Is it morally wrong?  Is it a sin?"  

    Obviously the answer to all these questions is "NO! We are much more informed about genetics, nutrition, veterinary medicine and behavior of dogs now than 100 years ago.  In this country (USA), at least, it is not illegal to create a new breed, or work with a new breed someone else has created.  And it certainly is not sinful to do so, either.  Someone once asked "Are you playing God?", to which the answer given was "No, I'm playing with what God has given us!"  And so it is.

    God has created living beings with incredibly complex genetic systems that, from purely statistical odds alone, could not possibly have just ended up here by chance, random processes and time, as is further evidenced by the second law of thermodynamics which says that everything tends toward entropy.  That includes pond scum!  Just think about all the species extinction we have seen in the last hundred years.  Any new species appear lately?  An excellent reference dealing with this is Darwin's Black Box, by Michael Behe.  (See an excellent site )

    God gave us the right to work with His creation when, in Genesis 1:28, He said to the man and woman "…rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth."  This does not mean to destroy it, but to oversee it, as a good President should oversee his country.  Therefore, when we breed dogs we are engaging in an aspect of "rule", which should be done in a manner which will not ultimately decimate the chosen dog breed, as closed gene pool breeding certainly will do eventually.  Rather we should select our breeding program so that it will hopefully enable the dogs we produce to be the most healthy that they can be.

    Previously, perhaps people were intimidated by what other dog breeders would think of them if they tried to create a new breed or revive an old breed.  Of course, if people of by gone years had not revived old breeds we would not have a number of the breeds we enjoy today.  The sighthound example that comes to mind is the Irish Wolfhound.  

    It was basically extinct when Captain Graham set out on his project to revive that old breed, back in the early to mid 1800's.  Some of his activities, as well as much history regarding the Scottish Deerhound, is to be found in a totally fascinating book called Scotch Deerhounds & Their Masters, by George Cupples, 1894, reprinted by Hoflin.  It chronicles the phenotypic and genotypic breeding methods used with great success by dog breeders of the 1800's.  

    If we do then go forth with no fear of the current doggy Gestapo, and create a new breed or revive an old breed, then what are we to call it?  Is it, once again, illegal to use a word from an existing breed's name in the name of the new breed?  Only if that particular word has been registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office.  But then only the licensee would be permitted to use that word, and no one else, as happened with a particular breed of cat not too long ago.

    Furthermore, there has already been precedent set for the use of one breed's name being incorporated in another breed's name.  In the USA the sighthound precedent is the Italian Greyhound.  Obviously everyone knows what the Greyhound is, and that they have been around since time immemorial.  But a different, though somewhat similar, dog came on the scene, and guess what?  People incorporated the word Greyhound into the new name - Italian Greyhound.  

    So, there it is.  We, of course, apply this precedent to the Longhaired Whippet!  It is not wrong, legally or morally, to use the word Whippet, in this name, just as surely as it is not wrong, legally or morally, for the Italian Greyhound to use the word Greyhound in that name.  Will people confuse the two breeds?  It would seem impossible to do so.  Did the genes of the one breed contribute to the other?  Obviously.  That is how dog breeding through the millennia has worked.

    For those who would still seek to slander and discriminate against others who are working to create a new breed or revive an old breed, we would ask the discriminators to do two things:

    1)  Look back in history and learn from it.  Dog breeding did not start in  the 1880's with closed registries and dog shows. People started breeding dogs thousands of years ago.  Learn the historical perspective. 

    2)  Have tolerance for those with a different perspective than you.  Webster defines 'tolerate' as:  to allow;  permit;  not interfere with; or to recognize and respect others' beliefs, practices, etc., without necessarily agreeing or sympathizing.  

    Isn't that a wonderful perspective?  Dog breeders do not have to agree, they just need to not interfere with each other and respect each other.


   Life is short.  Enjoy it.  Jesus loves you.  

John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life."  

That means that anyone who believes in Christ Jesus will get to spend eternity with Him in Heaven.  

John 1:12 - "Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God."

Ephesians 2:8-9 - "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast."

That means that God's gift of His son, Christ Jesus, is what saves us.  There is nothing that we can do, ourselves, to get into Heaven.  That is because we are imperfect, we do things that we should not, which is called 'sin', by the Bible.  Sin is what does not permit us to go to Heaven on our own.  Sin brings spiritual, eternal, death.

1 John 1:8-9 - "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Hebrews 9:27 - "Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment."

Isaiah 53:6 - "We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way;  and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all."

Romans 6:23 - "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Jesus took away our sins through His death on the cross.  If you want to get an idea of what He suffered for you and me, watch Mel Gibson's movie, "The Passion".  Then God brought Jesus back to life, and by His resurrection from the dead, we have assurance that we will also one day have eternal life.  The only way to have eternal life, in Heaven, is through acceptance and belief in Christ.

1 Peter 3:18 - "For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.  He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit."

Titus 3:5 - "He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.  He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit."

Romans 5:8 - "But God demonstrates His own love for us in this:  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

John 5:24 - "I tell you the truth, whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned;  he has crossed over from death to life."

Christ died to take away your sins.  Be thankful.  Accept Him into your heart.  If you pray, and ask Him into your life, He will come in.  

Romans 10:9 - 10 - "That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved;  for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation."

Someday we will all pass away from this earth and stand before God.  If Christ is in your heart, that is what will get you into Heaven.  

Will God really care what breed of dog we owned while we were here?  I doubt it.  Get an eternal perspective.  You will be glad you did. Ó


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Claybrook Farm --  Michelle Henninger -- 5730 Olde Scotland Road, Shippensburg, PA 17257


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