Crufts might be pulled/PEDIGREE Dogs Exposed

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Crufts might be pulled/PEDIGREE Dogs Exposed

Post by Lou on Tue Aug 19, 2008 2:52 am

The Sun wrote:CRUFTS was in crisis last night as the BBC admitted it may axe its coverage after 42 years over fears for the health of pedigree dogs.

Beeb chiefs are in talks with organisers The Kennel Club about pulling the plug on the famous show.

It comes amid claims the animals are suffering a raft of serious health problems due to interbreeding to exaggerate the natural features of dogs.

Their physiques have changed dramatically over the years as our startling pictures of Basset Hounds and Bulldogs show.


Many other breeds, not just those at Crufts, are facing crippling difficulties. A BBC documentary tonight will reveal:



  • PUGS often struggle to breathe because they have been bred to have flat faces and small noses.


  • BULLDOGS are now such an unnatural shape most can’t even mate, while females can’t give birth unassisted.


  • CAVALIER King Charles Spaniels suffer from brain disorder syringomyelia because their heads are so small. The lightest touch causes agony.


  • MANY healthy Rhodesian Ridgeback puppies are put down because they are born without a ridge in their back.


The programme even claims some breeds may go extinct if the genetic problems continue.

Steve Jones, Professor of Genetics at University College London, said the problem is in part due to mating mothers and sons and brothers and sisters.

He said: “It’s insane from the point of view of the health of the animals. In some breeds they are paying a terrible, terrible price in genetic disease.”

If breeders continue, dogs will get so inbred they won’t be able to reproduce and die out.

RSPCA chief vet Mark Evans blamed the suffering of pedigree dogs on breeding for appearance and to meet dog show rules and requirements.

He called on breeders to combine to protect the health and welfare of pedigree breeds, which make up three-quarters of all the dogs in Britain.

He said: “Public attitude also needs to change so that the most desirable dogs are those which are fit, healthy and well suited to the life they lead.”

The BBC — just one year into a three-year contract to show Crufts — said the likelihood of it being shown next year was “uncertain”. A spokesman said: “We are in discussions with The Kennel Club. No decision has yet been made.”

The club said the axe talks were “news to us”. It said many problems in today’s dogs stem from the Victorian era.

Meanwhile, a report out yesterday told how “handbag dogs” like Chihuahuas fashionable with celebs like Paris Hilton are prone to heart attacks due to inbreeding.

PEDIGREE Dogs Exposed is on BBC1 tonight at 9pm.

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article1576932.ece?slideshowPopup=true&articleId=1576932

The pictures of the change in the Bulldog are amazing, it used to look like a nice dog, not the ugly squat thing it is now.

I say good on the BBC for thinking of pulling it, I hope they do. That is tantamount to animal abuse.


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Post by Lou on Tue Aug 19, 2008 5:24 am

Just saw a snippet of the programme (Pedigree Dogs Explained) on the BBC News. Sad What a shame for the poor Cavalier King Charles they showed, it couldnt walk straight because its brain was too big for its skull No
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Post by HiJo on Tue Aug 19, 2008 12:21 pm

It's terrible what breeders have been allowed to do to these poor dogs. Give me a good healthy mixed breed any day. Very Happy
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Post by louastra on Tue Aug 19, 2008 1:51 pm

I agree, alot of these breeders are just after to make money.

You can`t beat a mixed breed, I would never pay for a breed of dog, the only time I would consider one is if it was from a rescue centre.
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Post by Lou on Tue Aug 19, 2008 1:59 pm

We've always had Heinz 57 breeds, and none ever needed vet care except vaccinations and the end of their days.

My sister bought a Golden Retriever last year and has been to the vets a couple of times already with hip problems (the dog not my sister Laughing)
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Post by Lou on Tue Aug 19, 2008 2:13 pm

OMG, the poor German Shepherds used for shows Sad The police dog looked fine, but I can see why the call it half dog half frog. Its disgusting that breeders are allowed to get away with this.

And people think it's fine to allow genetic manipulation in humans No If the government doesnt stop allowing little bits of genetic engineering in here and there, these abominations will be part of the human race as well.
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Post by Lou on Tue Aug 19, 2008 3:01 pm

Now I've watched the whole thing the arrogance of the breeders is totally unbelievable. Its time they were prosecuted for animal abuse maybe then the selfish bastards would think twice before putting deformity over health Mad
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Post by HiJo on Sun Aug 31, 2008 3:28 pm

I just saw the end of "Martin Clunes a Man and his dogs" and the things they said about pedigree dogs was just horrendous. As mentioned above, the poor old bulldog is such a mess that most of them can't give birth naturally any more. Their pelvises are too small to accomodate the outsize head and shoulders. And the Cavalier spaniels are a disgrace, 40% of them have brain problems and they also suffer from heart disease and epilepsy. It's absolutely dreadful what greedy breeders have done to these poor animals. Evil or Very Mad
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Post by Lou on Mon Sep 15, 2008 7:15 am

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7616591.stm

The RSCPA is pulling out of Crufts, but surely they should be prosecuting these dog breeders that are causing the suffering in the first place!

A few prison sentences and £500k+ fines for the vile breeders who have made the problems worse would soon get the other ones thinking twice.
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