Monday, February 13, 2006

Another dog post ...

Bravo to Ted Kerasote for bringing to the editorial pages of the NYT an opinion I've held for a good while: dog breeders are producing purebred nightmares. Well, he puts it a little more diplomatically than I do, but whatever. The gist is that buying a purebred dog from a so-called "reputable" breeder is no guarantee of health or fitness.

Even if the dog isn't a mutant like a Pekingese or US-bred German Shepherd, closed registries and the the high degree of inbreeding done by "reputable" breeders have created genetic cesspools in so many breeds. Plus the "beauty pageant" nature of conformation shows have ruined many a working breed, which is why the United States Border Collie Club opposes AKC registration of BCs and the Jack Russell Terrier Association of America has fought American Kennel Club recognition of their breed (the AKC has to call its version a "Parson Russell Terrier" instead).

I think I'll stick with owning mutts ...

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