By Samantha Drake
Meet Rami, a one-year-old Pit Bull-Dachshund mix, who’s turning heads and racking up “likes” on his own Facebook page.
The unusual-looking dog has been at the Moultrie Colquitt County Humane Society in Moultrie, GA, for just a few days but is getting a lot of attention from fans and potential adopters. He’s also raising questions about health risks and ethical concerns associated with breeding exaggerated traits in dogs.
Rami was found roaming the streets and brought to the Moultrie Colquitt County Humane Society in January. The organization first posted Rami’s photo on its Facebook page on January 27, which got more than three million hits by the next morning. Media attention followed and Rami soon got a Facebook page of his own.
According to the organization, Rami is sweet and energetic and will need training to learn to properly walk on a leash. Rami’s Facebook page updates his followers on his daily activities and his interactions with his adoptable animal friends at the facility.
Questions Raised About Breeding
With the large head of a Pit Bull and the short legs of a Dachshund, there’s no denying that Rami is unique and sure to get attention wherever he goes. But should such odd breed mixes be encouraged?
Miami veterinarian Dr. Patty Khuly weighed in on the possible health and ethical implications of a Pit Bull-Dachshund cross. Rami’s large head could cause excessive stress on his back and legs, she says.
“Though I’d have to see him in person to assess the extent of his deformity, he’s almost certainly predisposed to osteoarthritis of the cervical spine and forelimbs as a result of the undue stress his oversized head will exert on the joints,” says Khuly.
Unusual-looking dogs like Rami encourages breeding for similarly exaggerated traits, Khuly adds. "He’s so cute — for now, anyway — it makes sense that people who don’t think or don’t care about the painful consequences would want to see more puppies like him."
Image: Rami, courtesy of Moultrie Colquitt County Humane Society