If you have ever heard the term lilac dogs, you might wonder what that even means and what kind of dog is that?
Well, a lilac dog is a new dog craze that has recently gained some popularity. Like the adoration of Frenchies or Munchkin cats, the lilac dog has also come to the spotlight.
If you are wondering what kind of dog this is and why it is terrible to buy one, this article should help to clear up all of your questions.
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What are Lilac Dogs and Why is it Animal Cruelty
Lilac dogs first came into existence when a rare type of coat deformity was noticed. This created an exotic-looking coat that was not like the normal coat that that breed would have. There are all kinds of coat irregularities when dogs are bred repetitively. This is often a sign that something is wrong with that puppy, which has resulted in a coat irregularity.
The problem is that people often see these exotic-looking coats as an exciting feature and want to adopt these types of puppies more. This has resulted in breeders trying to create these coat irregularities, which means they are breeding unhealthy puppies that often have genetic issues.
Lilac puppies, for instance, get that lilac and slightly silver color because their hair is very thin. It is known as color dilution alopecia which results in very thin hair with skin exposed. Often they have bald patches where the hair has completely fallen out. This can result in them sunburning and being exposed to the elements, and they also have a high chance of having skin issues and skin irritation. If they have bald patches, these will often become scaly and itch.
Why Are Lilac Dogs Bad
Buying a lilac dog is bad because it is not a natural breed characteristic. These lilac dogs come with significant health risks since it is a genetic issue that has caused their unique coloring and coat.
This is just another one of those pet fads that are incredibly harmful and only encourage puppy mills to take even more risks. Breeding dogs in a way that they should not be bred to achieve a certain look. It is very harmful to the dogs and can even damage the breed as a whole as more lilac puppies are born.
This is an appearance characteristic that might look nice, but it has a significant impact on the dog, altering their life and giving them the increased possibility of having health problems. This condition also makes it much more likely that lilac puppies will be given up or abandoned if they begin to have health issues. People may love the lilac coat, but many do not consider that the dog may have bald patches or dry and scaly skin. This can result in them losing interest in their unique-looking dog.
There are so many reasons not to support this horrible trend of buying lilac dogs. Like any specialty dog, there is so much more to it than just the appearance, and the last thing you want to do is support a harmful practice.
Who Buys Lilac Dogs
Lilac dogs are mostly a trend among the wealthy as specialty dogs are very much a kind of status symbol, much like a new car. Because breeders know that lilac puppies have become a pet trend, they have started to ask more for them, pricing them higher as though they were a specialty breed.
This makes a lilac dog an unrealistic option for most people as they can get quite expensive to buy, making this fad more common amongst wealthy people, such as influencers and celebrities.
Why You Shouldn’t Support Breeders
Even if lilac dogs didn’t have such a variety of health issues, it still wouldn’t be a good idea to buy one.
To get a lilac dog, you have to go through a breeder. It is one thing to get a lilac puppy in a shelter, but most breeders specifically breed lilac puppies. They often do this by breeding lilac dogs together to have a better chance of getting lilac puppies.
This can be incredibly harmful to the dog breed as their genetics are being altered intentionally. It is also bad practice to breed two dogs with the same genetic condition together. Breeders should never breed a lilac dog as it increases the chance of the puppies having the same genetic issues.
As bad as it is, this is a very common practice amongst dog breeders and puppy mills, as their goal is often to create the most profitable puppies possible. This is also another reason why it is so important to do your research and not fall for pet trends and fads. By supporting these trends, you are indirectly also supporting the breeders that are irresponsibly creating these dogs. Many breeders are only in it for the money and are willing to risk the health of their puppies to turn over the best profit.
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