Sunday, 20 March 2016

The dog breeds that have changed beyond all recognition in 100years

THE Crufts victory of a “deformed” German Shepherd has highlighted worrying changes in dog breeds.
Despite a sloping back and odd gait, Cruaghaire Catoria won Best in Breed, as we reported yesterday.
While owner Susan Cuthbert insists the dog is healthy, animal welfare campaigners say it’s look demonstrates how selective breeding has transformed pedigrees — at the cost of dogs’ welfare.
Pedigree dog campaigner Jemima Harrison blames the Kennel Club, which runs Crufts, for fuelling demand for over-the-top features.
She said: “Breeders soon learned they could catch a judge’s eye by breeding a dog that bit shorter, bigger, longer or hairier. In some cases this has been at a huge welfare cost to the dog.”read more=

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