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Karlin
5th December 2008, 02:01 AM
Major piece in the Guardian today (Friday) on Pedigree Dogs Exposed, the Kennel Club, Crufts, genetics and breeding:


Dogs and monsters

The Kennel Club is facing the greatest crisis in its history. Critics say its strict breeding guidelines for pedigree dogs have resulted in animals that are unhealthy mutants. Now, the BBC is considering ending its coverage of the club's showpiece event, Crufts. Stephen Moss reports

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/dec/05/dogs-pets-crufts-bbc-animal

Karlin
5th December 2008, 11:43 AM
Wow, this is actually the *cover story* of the guardian's G2 section!!

There's also additional online stuff from when the show originally aired -- a fascinating gallery of images of what dogs looked like before the breed standard was 'reinterpreted' over time:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/gallery/2008/aug/19/animalwelfare?picture=336751970

Talk to anyone in the show world and they will have to laugh at the KC's insistence in this piece that health is more important than looks in the show ring! The problem is that so many think is is everyone else's breeds but theirs -- just look at what was written in Dog World and breeder discussion lists *by breeders and columnists* in the wake of PDE and this makes Caroline Kisco's contention in this piece untenable. It's not cavaliers, the problem is with those GSD/Peke/pug breeders etc etc.