Stazjia’s Commentary

More about the Pedigree Dog Scandal

Posted on: September 17, 2008


Bulldogs are prone to many inbred conditions including: breathing difficulties, hip dyplasia and skin problems.

This is a follow-up to my post on August 20th and the revelations about the way many breeders of pedigree dogs are completely disregarding the consequences to the health of the dogs they breed by accentuating breed characteristics.

Now many organizations have joined in the debate. The RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) have announced they will not take part in Crufts, the UK’s premier dog show. RSPCA chief veterinary adviser Mark Evans said:

“Dog shows using current breed standards as the main judging criteria actively encourage both the intentional breeding of deformed and disabled dogs and the inbreeding of closely related animals. There is compelling scientific evidence that the health and welfare of hundreds of thousands of pedigree dogs is seriously compromised as a result.”

The UK’s largest dog welfare charity, the Dogs Trust, has also announced it is withdrawing from Kennel Club shows.  It says:

“Dogs Trust believes that this removal of support is the strongest signal it can give to the Kennel Club and breeders to achieve immediate action to ensure that the health and wellbeing of pedigree dogs is ranked over appearance and artificial breed standards.”

K9 magazine reports that Battersea Dogs Home is also reconsidering its attendance at Crufts and other dog shows and that Barclays Bank will not sponsor the event again next year.

I believe that the only way to bring breeders to their senses is to hit them in their pockets. Make it more difficult for them to sell pedigree dogs that are being bred to have health problems just to make them a more extreme example of the breed. This is crazy!

Read the first blog I wrote about The Pedigree Dog Scandal and then the follow-up to the article above.


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