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Breeders Try to Save Their Own Skins

Written by PETA | January 14, 2009
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After years of breeding dogs that end up sick and short-lived (as was brought to light in a special BBC documentary), U.K. breeders are scrambling to change the very breeding standards that they touted a minute ago.

Following the BBC’s decision to drop Crufts, the UK equivalent of the Westminster Dog Show, The Kennel Club in the UK has announced new breeding standards for 209 different breeds in an attempt to make the dogs healthier. For example, bulldogs will now be taller, leaner, and have smaller faces. But guess what? I think that I have a much more obvious solution:

Stop breeding dogs!

Mutts are usually far healthier than “purebreds,” and millions of these angels are being euthanized every year because so many people search for the “perfect” bred dog. Breedism is sicker than the dogs it creates, and it is directly responsible for robbing shelter dogs of their chances to find happy homes!

The kennel clubs need to stop trying to sweep their abysmal code under the rug and drop the whole concept of breeding standards. Just pack ’em up and move ’em out already. The man who said, “[A] lot of shelter dogs are mutts like me,” is being sworn in on January 20, and everyone needs to swear by mutts from now on.

Written by Christine Doré

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  • Gloria Anderson says:

    my chihuahuas have patella luxation a thyroid condition and a defromed trachea. Spoke to the brdeder Kirk Newton of Tiny Town Texas and he admits puppies from that dam do have the trick knee. Sorry he says but i can give you 2 more puppies. This man runs a puppy mill in Edgewater Texas. Just want him reported that’s all.

  • Joanna says:

    I am never too sure exactly what the next complaint against breeders will be here. I should think ethical treatment of animals would include emergency care when needed. However even Csections for dogs is blasted here as ‘proof’ about how bad pure bred dogs and breeders are. What would you have a dog die a painful death in labor? I am not a fan of bad dogs or bad breeders but really focus on some real issues like dogs left in cages and repeat bred their entire lives then replaced with another dog when they cannot breed. That is an issue. That pugs or bull dogs have big heads and cannot give birth is a problem but not an issue to trash the entire dog community over. For christs sakes if the public would educate themselves just a wee bit before getting any dog they could avoid buying from a mill by meeting the breeder avoid buying an inbred dogs by looking at the pedigree avoid buying a dog with a high risk for genetic disorders by looking at the parents health certificates and asking the breeder if the dog was welped naturally or by csection. As long as the public buys crappy dogs from crappy breeders the breeders will keep doing it. If the public bought dogs with decent breeding or adopted one of the millions of unhomed dogs at the shelter the breeders would go broke. It’s about the same as buying fast food versus buying real food.

  • Meech! says:

    Joanna …Huh?

  • Joanna says:

    I wonder how many of us reading this blog would be dead except for the intervention of a doctor at our birth?

  • Vegan4animals says:

    My brothers idiot girlfriend decided to breed her AKC purebred with “papers” Maltese and the birth almost killed her! The puppies had to be pulled out with a CSection and only one survived. That’s how mutated and unhealthy these dogs are. How terrible that humans are causing such suffering by screwing with nature. She would have bred her dog again had it not been for the almost lethal birth!

  • Joanna says:

    According to the most recent edition of the AKC Gazettte the AKC registered approximately 44000 dogs in the month of November 2008. This is the most recent month they have numbers for. If that is a typical month then the AKC would be registering approxiamtely 550000 dogs per year and all AKC show dogs would fall within that group since they have to registered. Per numbers provided by the ASPCA there are 34 million dogs a year euthanized in the USA say this is 4 Million for now. There is no information regarding why the 34 million dogs are euthanized or what type of dogs they are. If every dog registered by the AKC resulted in one shelter dog death then that leaves approximetly 3.5 million dogs euthanized becuase somebody bred dogs other than AKC registered dogs that nobody was willing to care for. When we speak about animal over population its important to target the breeders of the dogs that are contributing to the problem. My local shelter is usually housing 7590 dogs that are bred in our hispanic community. Animal ABC messages in Spanish might begin to educate that community.

  • Jade says:

    What about rescuing purebred dogs? on you can find millions of purebred dogs or even the exact mixes you want. I have my own rescue purebred a Bullmastiff that I got from the American Bullmastiff Association.

  • Anita50882 says:

    My friend owns an English bulldog like the one in the pic and he says they can’t even be born vaginally! They have to csection the puppies because the heads are so big. This is OUTRAGIOUS! Stop breeding dogs!

  • roxanne says:

    Stop screwing up nature. Dogs don’t need us to breed them. Leave them alone. It is all about corporate greed.

  • kelly says:

    Well the AKC is in business with the puppy mills in America!! The AKC makes it money from puppy mill registrations and selling microchips to pet stores like Petland for AKCregistered puppy mill puppies httpwww.bogartsdaddy.comBouvierBouvPagesarticleinquirepuppymillsAKC.htm The AKC lobbies with and for the puppy mills. The AKC supports animal abuse. And NOVA did a show on the problems that these AKC purebreds have all of them httpwww.pbs.orgwgbhnovatranscripts3103dogs.html