How dog breeders have “improved” breeds over the past 100 years.
- The basset hound never used to sit so low. The dog has suffered changes to his rear leg structure, has excessive skin, vertebrae problems, droopy eyes that are prone to ectropion and entropion, and excessively large ears.
- The bull terrier used to be an athletic dog, but over the years his snout was mutated to be oversized and bending downwards, leading to respiratory issues. Many bull terriers have supernumerary teeth and are compulsive tail chasers and air biters owing to brain deformities.
- The boxer now has a much shorter face with an extremely short snout. The hindquarters are also lower. Like all brachycephalic dogs, the boxer has difficulty controlling his temperature in hot weather, meaning they are prone to overheating and collapsing in the summer. The boxer also has one of the highest cancer rates among dog breeds and many modern day boxers suffer from seizures.
- The english bulldog has evolved into a creature that suffers from almost every known disease. A kennel club survey conducted in 2004 found that they die on average at only 6 years and 4 months old. They cannot mate without human intervention, and cannot give birth naturally due to their giant heads. There is no such thing as a truly healthy bulldog.
- The dachshund, at one time, used to have functional legs and necks for their size. Their backs and legs have gotten longer, chest jutted forward, and legs have shrunk to such proportions that there is barely any clearance between their chest and the floor. Obese dachshunds usually have to actually drag their bellies across the ground. Their risk for intervertebral disc disease - which can result in paralysis - is extremely high. They are also prone to achrondoplastic related pathologies, progressive retinal apathy, and problems with their legs and joints.
- Pugs are the most inbred breed of dog in existence - an investigation carried out found that amongst the 10,000 pugs found in the UK are so inbred, the gene pool consists of the equivalent of only 50 individuals. They are extremely brachycephalic, and suffer severely from all the associated problems - the folds in their face frequently get infected, they struggle to breathe (making snoring/snorting/huffing noises even without moving), they have high blood pressure, low oxygenation, often collapse and die in the summer or if allowed to overheat, dentition problems due to their skulls being so curled in, and perhaps most shocking - their double curled tail is actually a genetic defect, and in its most serious forms leads to paralysis and many dogs needed a wheelchair or being euthanised if this progresses. These dogs are usually culled if they fail to produce this ‘attractive’ trait.
Healthy puppies that do not succumb to these ridiculous modern day breed standards are usually culled. One very heartbreaking example is the rhodesian ridgeback. The ridge is actually a genetic deformity - a mild form of spinal bifida - and puppies born without this ridge are healthy - but since the ridge is their namesake, healthy puppies are normally culled at birth and only those with noticeable ridges are bred from, thus passing the disability down to future dogs. Below is a ridgeback alongside a healthy, ridgeless dog.
3 to 4 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full…. people are choosing to buy from breeders or shops instead of offering them a home.
Homeless animals outnumber homeless people by 5:1.
Only 1 in 10 dogs will ever find a permanent home.
25 PER CENT OF DOGS THAT ENTER SHELTERS ARE PUREBREEDS.
Please consider adopting a homeless dog. Please don’t encourage breeding these animals when there are so many being killed every year. Breeding is a profit, not “just” a hobby, and even if you think your breeder is reputable, they are still churning out puppies into a world where pets are seen as disposable.
This post is EXTREMELY important and I want all of you to read it.
NEVER buy a dog. Adoption should be your only option.
my dog is a pure bread fox terrier, I bought him off a breeder who does dog shows and competition. She was three days away from putting him down because on of his ears weren’t floppy due to sever inbred. Even though it was there own fault seeing as my dogs parents are also his brother and sister. Breeders are disgusting and it seriously needs to be stopped.
Ok here’s the thing. That is super horrible and awful and I do not in any way think or believe that inbreeding dogs is okay, but can we please stop tarring ALL breeders with the same brush. My mother breeds English Bulldogs and they are NOT INBREAD.
Bad breeders ARE disgusting. Me and mother have sat behind the computer crying at the horrors we saw from online breeders and it disgusts us. But not ALL breeders are like that. This is why we talk about “REPUTABLE” breeders. A reputable breeder will NEVER EVER sell their puppies to a Pet Shop. A Reputable Breeder will want to not only meet their buyers in person but they will want to ask questions about your lifestyle, your home, your family and children and your overall knowledge on dogs and the breed you are buying. If my mother isn’t confident in a buyer, she will turn them down or direct them to an adoption center. My mother and I have adopted and housed many dogs throughout the years. We’ve fostered dogs as well. And we’ve taken in dogs for periods of time and then found them good homes. But my mother is a dog breeder. And according to this post that makes her an awful human being. And it’s just not true.
Don’t tar ALL breeders as bad. And though I do wish a lot more people would look into adopting from local shelters, many people look into a certain breed specifically because they want a dog whose personality and genetic traits will fit into their lifestyle. For example, someone whose low energy and doesn’t like leaving the house often or going outside all the time would not be good with getting a beagle. Beagles are high energy dogs who need to be taken out and walked and played with a lot. Every breed has a specific history to what they were breed for and sometimes people want a specific breed for very legitimate reasons. And there are purebreed rescues as well for people who want a certain breed. All I’m saying is don’t tar everyone with the same brush. There are horrendous dog breeders out there, no doubt but there are also people like my mother who are passionate, loving, and obsessed with the care and health of her dogs.