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Q: Should the formal standards for purebred dogs be changed to focus on health rather than appearance?

May 7, 2009 | By Modern D. | 7 answers | Expired: 1895 days ago

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Mallory Y.
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May 16, 2009

In my opinion, certain breeds should be looked at differently...like the bulldog...the standards should definitely be changed because my gosh look at them, they can't breed on their own; Bulldogs would become extinct if it wasn't for humans, the breed as it is today, and it's just getting worse, is not physically "fit". It would not survive, survival of the fittest most important quality is that it can reproduce...on it's own....if you can't reproduce...then your species can't live on...therefore you're not "fit". I beleive there are exceptions to every rule, and it should be applied here.

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Heather M.
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May 07, 2009

I agree with Mylima, I think the issues go hand in hand...
I love to watch the dog shows to see the beautiful standards of each dog breed, but I don't think we should sacrifice health for beauty. (NOT saying breeders do this, just my opinion)

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Vicki R.
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May 07, 2009

NO. The standard describes the structural attributes that a dog needs to do the job that it was bred for. Health, while also a needed attribute can not be 'judged' in the ring or even at home, and with some diseases, not even from one day to the next.

The reason that we are aware of health problems in purebreds is because we are able to look at health in relation to specific breeds. All of these health problems that we see in purebreds are also seen in mixed breeds.

Regardless of what kind of dog you choose or where you get your dog from, you need to know about the health of the parents, grandparents, etc. And frankly, your best chance at getting this information as well as pre-breeding test results for for the general health as well as the health problems seen in the particular breed you choose is from a responsible breeder.

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Mylima
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May 07, 2009

To answer your question, ... my opinion is ... they can focus on both issues ... I mean ... why not? ... both issues can go hand and hand!

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JerZgirl
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May 07, 2009

Nope...I disagree...and I'm not voting at "Modern Dog" magazine which funds the AR agenda either.

My breed was bred for a purpose-they were bred to be long and low...change that it is not a Corgi anymore. I know of lots of breeders that have put decades of their heart and soul into showing and breeding healthy dogs that have to throw out everything and start over.

All because the British Kennel Club was victim of ambush journalism-NO WAY.

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Sheryl J.
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May 07, 2009

Yes, absolutely, even though I hate this saying I will use it here "this is a no brainer".

I do not begrudge any responsible Breeder from their business, but I need to ask, was this question posed as a genuine concern for dogs or just an attempt to lead us to the Modern Dog Magazine website?

Just curious

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daryl b.
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May 07, 2009

i can't saythis strongly enough only if it is for the good of the dog. not for what we think they should

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