For most of us, the worlds of dog showing and breeding are rather mysterious to us. We might see a dog showing on television and laugh at the comical audacity of the scene but we really don't understand what is going on. In our ignorance, we assume that well breed animals are more beautiful and healthy than the average mutt at the SPCA. In fact, this may not be the case.
SOS Dog is written by a couple who actually breed and showed dogs. Their work is actually well respected in the community, having bred several winning dogs. Perhaps this is why their opinion on breeding is so very eye-opening.
The idea of breeding started off with the greatest of intentions. Animal lovers wanted their pets to live longer, be stronger, and have greater immunity to disease. However, over time, breeding has become more about adhering to certain physical traits that are deemed beautiful. The problem is that often these characteristics are not very functional. Moreover, the inbreeding necessary to replicate these desired traits increases the risk of genetic disease. Forced and artificial reproduction further reduces the natural behaviour of these animals causing unnecessary dependence.
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