The health of pedigree dogs is at risk due to show ring fixations on exaggerations and a propensity to inbreed. Some breed standards need to change, and a ceiling needs to be put on Coefficients of Inbreeding. Because the AKC will not change, it has seen a 55% decline in registrations in the last 15 years.
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Could adoption ever measure up to actually giving birth and/or raising your own child that is made up of your and your significant others genetics?
Do you think a parent could ever have as strong of a bond with an adopted child as their own newborn child; this question would especially apply to women, considering giving birth is hard work with such a priceless reward. I also imagine how proud a father feels that he made a contribution to creating something as special as continuing his own bloodline and watching the child grow up with his own genetics and develop similar characteristics as his.
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