Friday, January 16, 2009

Eugenics, Anyone?

I just sat in front of my computer and watched something called "Pedigree Dogs Exposed" – the 58-minute BBC documentary that has the British dog-breeding community up in arms, if you will.

Here are a few of the things I learned:
  • the Kennel Club in the U.K. does not require breeders to test their dogs for health defects before they are bred (except three for the Irish setter and the Irish red-and-white setter)
  • that it was, until a year or so ago, written into the KC breed standard rules for Rhodesian ridgebacks that puppies born without a ridge "are to be culled"
  • dog breeders are not reliable dog historians
  • people who knowingly breed dogs with genetic defects (which is practically all of them) can SUCK IT
Please check it out for yourself:
BBC documentary: Pedigree Dogs Exposed

Wuffington Wag article


XxMeG MuLaxX said...

I Think That Your Right On The Genetic Breeding Issue. I Think Nature Needs To Take It's Tole And Let It Happen That Way. People Shouldn't Rush The Process Either.

Samantha Lewis said...

I especially liked the part about how the breed mother/son and brother/sister to "perfect" the breed. YUK!