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It's a stupid comment.


The ABMC is siccing their lawyers on TMZ for using their logo in the article.




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I see you guys like boston terriers. This is my Boston X Rat Terrier Norbert.

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Originally Posted by suited View Post

What a sweet pup - looks like a real character.

Assuming this was directed to my ci, he is indeed a character. He's taken to following Y Gwraig around the house, especially when she has Y Ferch with her. He's gotten very protective of the both them, something that I'm very happy about.

Watching him and the cats chase each other around the house is a riot.
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The Kennel Club Freak Show

Full article in link here:

People go to dog shows to see pretty dogs, but let's face it they also go to dog shows to look at some very odd-looking dogs.

And so it is with some amusement that I see Kennel Club apologists expressing outrage that the RSPCA's chief vet, Mark Evans, has said that when he goes to Crufts, "What I see in front of me is a parade of mutants. It's some freakish, garish beauty pageant that has nothing frankly to do with health and welfare."

Nor does it have anything to do with working dogs, might I add.

Now to be fair, not all of the dogs entering the ring look like freaks.

But also to be fair, most of the breeds being paraded have serious health issues.

These issues include jaw-dropping rates of cancer, congenital deafness, liver disease, blood diseases, epidemic-levels of epilepsy, painful eye problems, hip problems, back problems, and ... well it goes on forever.

Almost every breed has a serious health issue that is endemic to it. Many are fatal, and frequently they are quite painful.

What's particularly maddening are those cases where breeders are intentionally breeding for a characteristic that they know will cause real pain and misery in a predictably high number of dogs that are born.

For example, when people breed spotted and merle-coated dogs that look like the tattooed man at the circus, they are also breeding for a coat pattern they know that in some breeds will predictably lead to high levels of congenital deafness in their litters.

With Harlequin Great Danes, for example, as many as one in four may be born deaf and put to sleep -- something a professional breeder might "take care of" by simply slipping a new-born puppy into the freezer.

With Chinese Crested dogs, the gene pool is so toxic that if two hairless dogs are bred to each other, the homozygous offspring is prenatal lethal. Hairless Chinese cresteds are made by mating a "powderpuff" Chinese crested with the hairless variety to avoid perinatal mortalities. All hairless Chinese Cresteds have canine ectodermal dysplasia (CED) which results in teeth loss and a high chance of serious eye and skin malformations and defects.

Bulldogs are such genetic wrecks, one does not even know where to start. This is a dog with a head so large that almost all are born cesarean; a breed so poorly formed that it cannot have sex without assistance; a dog which is so achondroplastic that it cannot run; a dog with such a pushed-in face it cannot breathe; and a dog whose insides are so twisted in a knot that it farts from morning to night. In addition, the dog is prone to cherry eye, frequently has hip issues, and is so prone to skin infections that it is common for the pig-like tail of this dog to be surgically amputated after a show career in order to cut down on veterinary bills.

Shar Pei's are another breed with numerous serious health issues. This is a dog bred for their freak-show like folds of excess skin. In addition to hard-to-treat skin conditions, Shar Pei's also frequently suffer from entropion, caused by excessive skin over the eye which results in the eyelashes curling inward into the the eyeball. Left untreated it can cause blindness. Another common problem in the breed is "Familial Shar Pei Fever" and "Swollen Hock Syndrome" caused by the dog's inability to process amyloid proteins -- a condition which can lead to renal failure.

The Norwegian Lundehund is another dog bred for mutation. In this case we have a very undistinguished-looking small Spitz-like dog whose claim to fame is that it has six toes and a rather serious genetic disorder of the digestive tract (Lundehund gastroenteropathy) in which the dog loses its ability to absorb nutrients from food resulting in malnutrition or even starvation in extreme cases.

And of course, we have all those giants breeds and teacup breeds, most of which are beset with serious, life-threatening and painful health problems. Giant breeds suffer from mind-numbing rates of cancer as well as heart problems and joint problems, and routinely die from bloat. Teacup breeds have bones so weak they can snap by jumping off the couch. In addition many teacup and toy breeds have skulls too small for their brains, resulting in open fontanels at the top of their heads. Add to this other common ailments, such as heart problems and dental issues resulting from their jaws being too small for their teeth, and you have a veterinary bill on legs and misery on stilts.

I could go on for pages, but if I were to only talk about the odd-looking dogs with health issues (and there are many more), I would do a serious injustice to the dogs that look fine from the outside, but which also have serious health problems.

The average Bull Terrier or Boston Terrier, for example, is dead at age 8 or 9 due to cancer, kidney and heart failure.

The show German Shepherd is an animal with such wrecked hips that it is often described as "half frog and half dog."

The Dalmatian suffers not only from congenital deafness, but also from painful uric acid stones.

All of the Setters have cancer rates of about 25% while, the Bernese Mountain Dog struggles with a cancer rate of over 45%!
The average Bloodhound is lucky to make it to age 7 due to serious gastrointestinal issues and cancer.
And so it goes, down almost the entire spectrum of 200 Kennel Club breeds, both old and new.

And so when Mark Evans talks of a "parade of mutants" at the Kennel Club, I suspect he is not only talking about the dogs that look bizarre; he is also talking about the Kennel Club people who profess to love dogs and yet continue to breed and sell animals they know will be in pain and discomfort much of their lives.

There is something seriously twisted here, and it's not all in the double helix of the dog is it?
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Originally Posted by sklark23 View Post

I see you guys like boston terriers. This is my Boston X Rat Terrier Norbert.

oh gosh... I can only imagine the massive energy level you dog possesses.
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Originally Posted by LawrenceMD View Post

oh gosh... I can only imagine the massive energy level you dog possesses.

It is insane. He will run constantly at the dog park. We will get home and he will lay down for couple minutes and be fully re-charged. Only time he is not jacked up is the morning, he really hates mornings.

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Originally Posted by JLibourel View Post

The old man in the top photo is Genkichi Sudo, who personally selected my first Tosa, Inazuma, for me. He died shortly afterward. His grandson once visited my house in Long Beach to see how Zuma was doing. The dog in the middle of the three Tosa photos was probably the result of recent crossings with Old English Mastiffs, as many of those big Kochi dogs are.

Lefty, was the dog in the Ukrainian video a pure APBT or some kind of bandog? As you know, I am not afraid of big, tough dogs, but a couple of bandogs I have met were downright terrifying.

A few days ago, there was an incident in Rancho Mirage, California, where a man was reported killed by two "Bullmastiffs" he was trying to breed. From the one not very good photo of the dogs I saw, the dogs were most definitely not Bullmastiffs. They were either Bandogs or possibly Presas or Canes. As you doubtless recall, there was a similar confusion about the identity of the dogs that killed Diane Alexis Whipple in the notorious incident in San Francisco on January 27, 2001. The Presas were initially erroneously identified as "Bullmastiffs."

Interesting to see some Boxers doing protection work. I think most all the good ones are in Europe. Just about every American Boxer I have encountered has been hyper with very low trainability...although they are often sweet dogs.




I did not think the Japanese would be into such a dog like that!  Rare pictures indeed! Sugoii desu ney!

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Originally Posted by Dewi View Post

Pics? OK.

We moved around a lot when I was younger, so this is actually my first dog. We've had him for a year and a bit now, and he's awesome. We have a couple cats as well, and they're...nuts. Yeah, that's a good word for it.

those dogs are always stealing the spotlight from bostons:

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Originally Posted by IronRock View Post

It's the 'obvious commercial' aspects that worry me the most. Although kennel Club registrations have plummeted in the US and the UK you must remember that they operate for profit and profit only. Because membership has reduced so drastically kennel clubs add more 'new' breeds to their register. This means that another breed is subjected to closed breeding a small gene pool and ultimately drastic genetic engineering in order to make commercial viable dog.
There are some horrific statistics about certain breeds having extraordinary rates of cancer or breathing problems leading to premature death. I cannot verify these statistics but there is no smoke without fire and I am sure we all know someone who has lost a pedigree dog prematurely due to an illness.

Have a look at these bulldog skulls, early 20th century on the left, recent on the right:


Imagine trying to eat and breath through that mess of a skull.
That comes mainly from inbreeding.  Yep the same methology to create the sickning teacup breed.
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F.B.I. Dog Is Killed in Raid on Hideaway



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I want a corgi so bad redface.gif
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^One family in my neighborhood has two Cardigan Welsh Corgi bitches, one brindle and white, the other black and white. Both, especially the latter, are on very good terms with my Tosa Cyrus. The other day, I saw them about 120 yards away across the Colorado Lagoon, so I directed Cyrus toward the bridge across the Lagoon. To my surprise, the woman walking the Corgis turned away and got off the bridge as Cy and I got on it. I found this surprising. As I got closer, I realized the woman walking the Corgis was not their usual owner. By this time Cyrus was lunging toward the Corgis and threatening to pull me over as we descended from the bridge, so I released Cyrus.The woman was horrified as the huge black dog charged toward her little charges. I shouted an assurance that he was a friend, and everything became relaxed as he capered around with them. It seems the woman was taking care of the Corgis while the owners were away. She had two young children with her that I assumed were her kids. Cyrus kissed them. Turns out they were her grandchildren. The woman looked very young to have grandchildren, which probably just shows how old I'm getting!
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This a a very good and engaging explanation of IPO or Shutzhund.


The Elegance of IPO. 




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Meet Huckleberry, my Frenchie/Boston mix. Just a little guy at 18 pounds!
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Looks like happy little guy. Enjoy him!
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