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The AKC got shellacked in a piece on HBO RealSports last night.

Soledad O’Brien did a short, Pedigree Dogs Exposed-type segment for the series.

And the AKC proved just how inept it really is when it comes to public relations.

This is what the AKC is promoting as its response to the segment, which supposedly shows that Soledad O’Brien was unfair and deliberately cut out reasonable parts to make it look more sensationalist.

The piece was largely about bulldogs, which are the poster dogs for all that is wrong with the modern dog fancy.

So the questions are all about bulldogs.

And to say that these responses were twaddle is a bit of a stretch. It’s not even twaddle. It’s not even spin.  It’s just mantras!

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“Happy, healthy dogs” and “the breed standards is a blueprint” are the worst  mantras ever.

“Happy, healthy dogs” are perhaps the three most meaningless words in the English language when they put in this particular syntax.

And breed standards are not blueprints. They are actually scripture. And like all scripture, they are up for interpretation, and the interpretation often depends upon how ignorant and/or evil the person doing the interpreting actually is.

The only thing they say that is true is that the bulldog has been bred to this standard for over a century, and this was certainly the first breed to be so severely deformed through competitive dog showing, that within 25 years of it entering the Kennel Club, the very “typey” bulldogs were having all sorts of trouble.  And one winning specimen couldn’t even finish a walking race!

It is a circular argument to say that bulldogs have been bred this way for a long time, therefore the standard is good.

The fact is this breed is a monstrosity of canine flesh, and sadly, it has been that way for over a century. i

The AKC better hire some PR people. It is obvious there is now some blood in the water, and it’s just a mater of time before there is a Hollywood documentary in the same vein as Pedigree Dogs Exposed.

If the AKC handles this poorly, as it very likely will, then we will have animal rights legislation of the absolute worst sort shoved down our throats.

This is the real threat.

The AKC doesn’t understand that its values are behind the times when it comes to both science and ethics, and if it continues on,  all dog breeders will soon be so regulated as to make dog breeding next to impossible.

I hope it doesn’t come to this. I hope that it eventually brings back innovative breeding experiments that once were common in domestic dogs– innovation that has been stymied through the closed registry system.

But that’s only the hope.

The reality is that there could be a major disaster in the offing.

I would love it if the AKC as an institution would disappear.

But not if it ends dog breeding as we know it.

 

 

 

About these ads

From last year, of course.

easter rabbit

Deformed wolf

short spine wolf

Reader Wendy Browne posted this photo of this wolf in my Facebook Group.

I did a reverse image search through Google, and it is a real image.

This wolf was killed in Russia, and it’s actually a good thing that the wolf hunters did kill it.

It was suffering from a severe spinal deformity–  an unusually short spine. This same condition does occasionally pop up in dogs.

This wolf was most likely able to survive because it could eat what its pack-mates killed, but at some point, there could easily be prey shortage.

And this poor wolf would be the first to go.

And my guess it would be as humane a death as a bullet.

 

 

 

 

Steve Rinella explains why:

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Nara U. sent me this photo today.  I hope you are not eating when you look at this photo:

sharpei juliuss

This dog was bred by a Peruvian dog breeder (or more likely, a Peruvian dog dealer) named “Sharpei Juliuss,” who apparently has decided to push the defective and feverish sha-rpei phenotype as far as it will go.

This dog cannot open its eyes all the way, and while it certainly wouldn’t be wining prizes at any dog shows, there are very idiotic people who think breeding such extreme dogs is a wonderful thing.

This dog is not the only one that this breeder is producing.

Here is just a sample:

sharpei juliuss II

sharpei juliuss III

sharpei julius IV

The shar-pei breed has a lot of problems.

It is derived from a very small gene pool. When I was a kid, this was “the world’s rarest dog,” and within a decade, I saw them in pretty decent numbers in West Virginia, which is nowhere near where they originated.

So someone had to be cranking out these rarities at a pretty strong clip to get them on the pet market in here in America.

And that’s only its genetic structure.

The dog itself is often bred to such extreme with its wrinkles that many puppies have to have their eyelids tucked up so they can both see and not have their eyelids raking against their eyes.

This is what happens when the only thing you care about is what a dog looks like.

Dog breeders can produce all sort of different morphological traits in their dogs, but at some point, it becomes cruelty– cruelty that in the amount of suffering actually exceeds that of dog fighting.

This is dog production without empathy.

It’s nothing more than perverse vanity masquerading as something noble.

It’s really pretty sickening.

 

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