Purebred problems – video

Ever since some people close to me started getting really into English Bulldogs, I have been puzzled by the existence, much less popularity, of this breed. Most modern English Bulldogs cannot reproduce naturally, and the breed is beset with health problems that can moderately to mortally affect animals from eye to tail.

I like my family’s bulldogs just fine. They are funny, loving dogs with lots of attitude. But for a breed associated with valor and strength enough to fight a bull, in my experience English Bulldogs (in general, not just my family’s) seem rather fragile.

English Bulldogs aren’t alone. Nearly every breed of dog comes with a laundry list of common issues. Of course, they also come with a list of typically positive characteristics. Golden Retrievers, for instance, are generally good family dogs with woolly fur, but they are prone to skin problems and cancer. Miniature Pinschers have delicate bones that are easily broken, but they are brave little yappers. It’s all part of the roadmap buying into a breed provides.

No matter your feelings on breeding in general, it happens. Unscrupulous breeding can not only result in an overabundance of animals but also the proliferation of serious defects over generations of dogs. The movie I share with you today delves into the deliberate breeding – and inbreeding – of animals with genetic abnormalities in the name of maintaining “breed standards.”

You will be shocked to see how the English Bulldog’s skull has changed shape and horrified to see how some Cavalier King Charles Spaniels can suffer because their skulls are too small.

The documentary is set in Great Britain, but I suspect the form over function mentality is prevalent in America, too. We do have that whole puppy mill problem…

Hat tip to Enlightened Living for turning me on to this film.

What kind of dogs do you have? Are they affected by any of the common problems associated with their breeds?


About crystalwayward

I live with two formerly wayward dogs. I care deeply about the environment, and I think gardening is a revolutionary act.

Posted on February 7, 2012, in Dogs and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Thanks for sharing! My Schnauzer, Harley, has had skin problems commonly associated with his breed. My two mutts are very healthy and don’t seem to carry any problems associated with their dominant breed.

  2. Thank you for sharing although I am a bit irate at the moment. I knew there were a lot of problems, but had no idea the denial, and lying that go on to cover it up. I am also very glad that my two old ones are mutts.

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