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
BBC documentary: Pedigree Dogs Exposed
Wuffington Wag article