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Offline CarnivorousCritter

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Pedigree Dogs, Investigative Documentary
« on: July 29, 2011, 10:34:09 AM »
As usual, our friends across the pond are light years ahead when it comes to Investigative Journalism (I should say, at least they HAVE it.)  

Pedigree dogs are suffering from genetic diseases following years of inbreeding, an investigation has found. A BBC documentary says they are suffering acute problems because looks are emphasised over health when breeding dogs for shows....

Pedigree animals make up 75% of the seven million dogs in the UK and cost their owners over £10m in vets’ fees each week. The programme, Pedigree Dogs Exposed, says dogs suffering from genetic illness are not prevented from competing in dog shows and have gone on to win “best in breed”, despite their poor health. It says physical traits required by the Kennel Club’s breed standards, such as short faces, wrinkling, screw-tails and dwarfism, have inherent health problems....

Other problems occur because of exaggerations bred into dogs by breeders trying to win rosettes, it adds. The programme shows a prize-winning cavalier King Charles spaniel suffering from syringomyelia, a condition which occurs when a dog’s skull is too small for its brain. It also features boxers suffering from epilepsy...

It says deliberate mating of dogs which are close relatives is common practice and the Kennel Club registers dogs bred from mother-to-son and brother-to-sister matings.

Scientists at Imperial College, London, recently found that pugs in the UK are so inbred that although there are 10,000 of them, it is the equivalent of just 50 distinct individuals.


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Re: Pedigree Dogs, Investigative Documentary
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2011, 01:12:52 PM »
I'll be honest, I don't get the "need" for a specific papered breed.  One time, I wanted a specific breed to raise with human children.  Found her at the first shelter I checked. 
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