I was talking to an acquaintance at work the other day and the subject of dogs came up. She asked me what I had and I stated Basenjis. She then inquired about the breed and stated she?d never heard about them before. I just kind of said something like ?they?re not very popular in this area?.more of a rare breed?etc?? one of those pat responses you give after many years of B ownership.
She then proceeded to tell me about how her parents also have a ?rare breed?. They breed and sell Labradoodles. I forgot myself and blurted something about that not being a real breed, just a designer dog from back yard breeders. She got slightly angry and stated that ?they most certainly are a recognized breed, the most up and coming breed, wanted by everyone?. I asked her about AKC registration. Now really on the defensive she stated ?THEY ARE REGISTERED?, then she stormed out as I was asking how the AKC lab owners and poodle owners felt about the ?breed?.
I realize I handled this the wrong way, but this young lady is convinced her parents are breeding a full bred, recognized breed.
Any suggestions on how to handle a situation like this in the future, or links to Lab and/or Poodle sites that explain this better than I can? I?m truly dumbfounded that someone thinks this is an actual breed.