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  •  It's not just bulldogs either. (1+ / 0-)
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    Although they are probably the worst.  It's painful to watch most US-bred German Shepherd Dogs in the show ring.  Their posture is so crouched that they are almost walking on their pasterns.  Police departments like to get their GSDs from German and Czech breeders because the breed hasn't been tampered with;  they are still bred for work.  I dog-sat a Cavalier King Charles that fly-snapped at invisible flies.  They have been bred so that their brains are too large for their craniums.  The breed was either extinct or almost so, and in bringing back from the brink, the breeders made a dog that just is not healthy.  They are cute, but that's no excuse.

    •  I used to go to sheep dog trials @ Fosterfields... (0+ / 0-)

      ... near Morristown NJ when I lived down there, and it was a joy to see these dogs do their work.  The ones who weren't working could often be seen sitting side by side watching the one who was out there, herding & cutting, and my husband & I imagined them thinking, "Good move!" or "Over there!"

      One year we were asked to sign petitions protesting the AKC recognizing border collies as a breed for purposes of show, and there was a lot of supporting documentation, including observations like yours about German Shepherds.  Being more of a cat person, it was the first time I had really thought about the impact of breeding for looks instead of brains.

      Would that more people did.  

      They are cute, but that's no excuse.
      It is animal abuse at a profound level.


      "The fears of one class of men are not the measure of the rights of another." ~ George Bancroft (1800-1891)

      by JBL55 on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 04:16:10 AM PST

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