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Crufts – Last Year’s Top 10 So-Called ‘Winners’

Crufts Genetic FreaksThe animals crowned as “winners” at dog shows like Crufts are more likely to be major losers – in the genetic lottery, that is. “Purebred” is a euphemism for “inbred”: in some cases, pedigrees come from a gene pool of only about 50 dogs, meaning that these unfortunate pooches are riddled with painful inherited diseases and may live for only half as long as their healthy mixed-breed cousins.

What’s more, the exaggerated features that breeders and competition judges prize, such as a squashed-in face, a narrow skull or disproportionately short legs, are actually deformities that can leave dogs unable to lead normal lives. Aggressive selective breeding promotes survival of the unfittest and results in dysfunctional animals. And mixed-breed dogs suffer, too – because every time a family buys a puppy from a breeder, a dog languishing in an animal shelter loses his or her chance at being adopted.

Here’s what Crufts didn’t tell you about the dog breeds it gave awards to at last year’s show:

1. Lhasa Apso (Winner, Best in Show)
They may have originated in the Tibetan Himalayas, but in this country, Lhasas are not well adapted. Their overly thick coats affect their quality of life, as they overheat in warm weather, while common hereditary afflictions include skin disease, glaucoma, cataracts, water on the brain and kidney disease.

2. Newfoundland (Reserve, Best in Show)
The sheer size of these unnatural giants results in joint problems, such as disabling hip pain, and often causes them to die at a young age. Their characteristically deep jowls can make them drool uncontrollably, and they also have a strong predisposition to sub-aortic heart disease and cystinuria (kidney stones).

3. Irish Water Spaniel (Winner, Gundog Group)
These dogs may have a reputation for being clownish, but from ear infections to epilepsy, their health issues are no joke. Their tails are easily bloodied, and problems such as hypothyroidism and distichiasis (ingrown eyelashes) are common.

4. Borzoi (Winner, Hound Group)
Borzois are often described as elegant, but their long, thin legs are prone to fractures, and their deep chests make them susceptible to bloat, a life-threatening stomach condition.

5. Old English Sheepdog (Winner, Pastoral Group)
Don’t let breeders tell you a shaggy dog story about this floppy-haired fellow. Prone to deafness, hip dysplasia, cataracts, diabetes and cancer, this breed is far from fighting fit.

6. Norwich Terrier (Winner, Terrier Group)
Skin problems, knee problems (eg, luxating patellas), eye problems (eg, lens luxation), breathing problems (eg, collapsing tracheas) … these tiny terriers’ common ailments affect their enjoyment of life in every way.

7. Pomeranian (Winner, Toy Group)
Pomeranians’ short muzzles leave them in danger of a collapsing trachea, a chronic condition in which the windpipe caves in, making it hard to breathe. They’re also susceptible to “black skin disease”, poor teeth, “floating kneecaps” and hip problems. Not a pretty picture, when you think about it.

8. Keeshond (Reserve, Utility Group)
These Dutch dogs’ downfall is most often their heart – they are prone to a range of severe cardiac conditions, including mitral valve defects, patent ductus arteriosus and ventricular septal defects. They can also get the hormone disorder Addison’s disease.

9. Siberian Husky (Reserve, Working Group)Suffering Pug
Huskies’ thick coats keep them a little too warm outside their native Siberia – they can get so hot that they’re only able to exercise at night. Because of a number of congenital eye defects, such as goniodysgenesis and progressive retinal atrophy, they’re often in danger of going blind as well.

10. Pug (Reserve, Toy Group)
It may sound harsh to call pugs “genetic freaks”, but given the list of severe ailments that they’re prone to, including liver defects, blocked airways as a result of their squashed nostrils, infections in their wrinkly skin, sight problems caused by their bulging eyes and being born with a deformed spine or deformed hips, it’s no exaggeration. There’s even a disease named after them – the horrible “pug dog encephalitis”, an inflammation of the brain that leads to seizures and death.

Please don’t perpetuate canine eugenics by buying a potentially ill dog from a breeder – if you’re looking for a new animal companion, you need look no further than the lovable mutts waiting at your local animal shelter for a loving home.

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  1. [...] For a prime example of this trend, look no further than the canines who will be dragged along to Crufts, Britain’s largest doggie “beauty” pageant. Beneath the perfectly coiffed [...]

  2. avatar Brien Comerford says:

    Man’s exploitation of man’s best friends (canines) is reprehensible.

  3. avatar linda johnson says:

    I only went to Cruft’s once in the 1980’s, while I was working in animal welfare. I was disgusted by the lack of respect for the animsls and the mentality of the exhibitors. The fact that they painted nail varnish on the dogs nails said it all……
    I used to see first hand the suffering of breeds brought in for veterinary attentions, including breathing difficulties, epilepsy to name but two!
    It is only ever about money!

    • avatar Annabel Edwards says:

      I couldent agree with linda its money,money they dress their dogs up which shouldent be allowed, they dragg their dogs round the rings holding the lead up high, do the dogs really enjoy being pulled around. I think CRUFTS should be banned.

  4. avatar Patrizia says:

    Leave these animals alive

  5. avatar Aileen Cheetham says:

    BAN CRUFTS

  6. avatar R. de Vos says:

    fot once and for all, it is a shame for england and the rest of the world !!!!

  7. avatar Cat says:

    Same old, same old, dog breeders are in it for the vanity and the money, shame. We used to have a breed called a Heinz57 in UK which was both popular and intelligent but now they are all pedigrees or cross bred, which is better than pure bred I guess. You would have imagined that Crufts would make some rules about this type of breeding practice but they do not seem to care, the show comes first apparently. Breeds should not have so many problems and should perhaps not be permitted at shows anywhere if any discomfort is inbred into the animals.

    No?

  8. avatar andrea says:

    Most love their dogs. They are proud of them. And I think yes- some of the dogs enjoy it. They enjoy the attention.
    Please PETA, spend your time on animals that are REALLY suffering. At least crufts promotes the love dogs and the relationship dogs have with humans.

  9. avatar Rose says:

    I dont agree with breeding dogs just to meet the breed standards and health and welfare should come first (i’m an animal welfare graduate before anyone says anything)! But different breed have been bred for different functions and i’m sure anyone who knows dog breeds will agree that ‘show’ dogs and pet dogs of the same breed are totally different health and temperament-wise. (eg. Working German shepherds have alot less health problems than show German shepherds etc…)
    As regards to getting people to boycott breeders…where would people get their dogs from? Even dogs in Shelters have been bred by someone (who are alot less likely to know or even care about health problems within the breeds etc and often breed cross breeds for novelty or ‘designer’ factors.
    Think of Staffordshire Bull Terriers, how many of them are in Shelters because people just breed them with friends dogs etc…cos they want puppies and money without taking a thought about the genetics they’re putting into the gene pool or where the puppies are going to go when they’re 8 weeks old and most of them dont even care if they go to loving homes.

    Instead of trying to get people to boycott dog breeders you should be encouraging people through Education and Public voice to breed for healthier animals, and educating the people so they make informed choices about where they get their dogs from etc…

    Besides this point i thought Peta thought every animal was equal and had just as much rights as the next. If you get people to boycott certain breeds of dog then they will eventually go extinct because nobody will want them so nobody will breed them.

    How is that pro animal welfare?

    I’m guessing if you want people to boycott pedigree breeders you want every dog in the world to be a cross breed?
    If this happened would more dogs not end up in shelter?

    Say you want a dog for an elderly person, so you want a dog that dosnt need much exercise, maybe likes to be a lapdog, loves attention etc… what dog would you chose?
    If all dogs were cross breeds you might choose a completely inappropriate dog for the elderly person, which would end up in a shelter (or somewhere worse) because its not what she wanted and she couldnt cope, but you wouldnt know because the dog could have a multitude of genetics from any number of breeds.
    It would also not be fair on the dog if it wanted and needed daily exercise but didnt have an owner that could provide that for him?

    If, however you chose a Chihuahua for the elderly person it would be a good match for both because of the breeds temperament, you know what size it will grow to, you know what charateristics are common within that breed etc…

    I get what your saying and trying to do with the whole ‘boycott breeders’ thing, but i dont think organisations such as yourselves think about these things in real detail!

    Its like when you post stuff about animals in zoos etc and how bad it is for animals to be in captivity but are pet dogs not in captivity?

    Yes we all love our dogs, but they cant eat when they want, they cant do what they want because they’re trained to do what we want them to do, they cant go play and socialise with other dogs when they want, they cant go for exercise if they feel like it, they cant reproduce if they want to, they cant even go to the toilet when they want because we disapprove and train them to go to the toilet where we want and when we want. Is this not captivity? And many owners have 1 dog only, so that dog is isolated in CAPTIVITY away from its own species which is even worse.

    You say that animals are not ours to use for our entertainment, but how many members of Peta as well as people worldwide have taught their dogs to do tricks?
    These have no other function other than for our own entertainment, dogs are perfectly happy without being taught how to shake hands, jump over poles or through hoops, walk on their back legs, sing etc…
    Does that mean by teaching our dogs tricks we are abusing them for our own entertainment? Some people may use negitive training techniques, some may use positive but where does animal abuse lie?

    I think people and organisations need to get a big white board and look at the whole picture and create a big plan instead of coming up with idea and petitions that will to be frank, just never work and are not thought about as a whole subject.

    Surely you have all thought of these things too right?

    • Quite a bit of bullshit from Rose.

    • avatar susan anne booth says:

      I agree totlay with what Rose is saying, my qualifications are this. I came frome ahousehold of doglovers, pets included a field spaniel a whippit and Alsations as they were called then (I was born in 1945) I had my first Labrador at elleven, he was dumped on us because his owners wife couldnt cope with him. I have had Labs eversince, I bred my first litter in 1966, everything I have bred since came down from this bitch, untill this present day, Elleven generations later, they have been bred and sold as show dogs working dogs and mostly as pets, I have had many people come back to me for their second and even third Lab, as they have lost the previous through old age. Most of my stock have lived to a very old age, I have just lost a fifteen year old bitch, her father died at fifteen her mother ar fourteen her fathers sister just weeks off seventeen. all still running arround till the last. I have also bred and shown curly coated retievers and cocker spaniels. All without problems, I also lived alongside hunt terriers and fox houds. I judged for many years and was a kennel club judge for years until ill health interviened. I agree there are breeds that have problems due to fashion. I believe due to kennel club intervention these problems are for the main being adressed. This will take time. To label all pedigree dogs as frieks and cripples is almost like saying we should all stop breeding as we do invariably breed the occasional child with disabilities some more severe than others. Do we realy want cross breeds mongrels or heinz fifty sevens. I think not. most dogs that want rehoming are of this type, As Rose has already said they may look dear little thigs as puppies but you have no idea what they will turn out like. Their size and temprement is decided by so many chance genes its all a case of mix and match.
      Pedigree dogs are being used all over the world in many different ways in the service of Man. because we know what to expect from the chosen breed. The same applies to a pet. There are breeders and breeders good and bad as there is in everything, dont decry the good ones who are doing everything possible to bred healthy puppies. Most breeders of show dogs know their biggest market is for pets and companion dogs, only one puppy ocasionaly two if you are lucky are of the quality to be a potential show dog, because of this they want to breed healthy puppies. One fact most people are unaware of regarding show dogs. They love showing off, they realy look forward to the shows, the dog who shows off i the ring because they enjoy it looks a far better dog than the one who doesnt like it and slouches or looks miserable, no matter how perfect this dog might be it wont look as good as the one next to him who is loving every minute. So where is the cruelty and abuse.
      As for teching a dog tricks is abusive. The dogs we use for the blind deaf, disabled police work sniffing out bombs drugs ect ect. they are realy all doing tricks, that is how they are taught and that is how they see it.
      Lastly I have said this before somewhere else and I will say it again, PETA would do best to stick to looking to doing something about the real cruelty and neglect of animals of which there is many. instead of wasting their time on anti show dogs anti pedigree dos and dog shows. a subject they so obviously know nothing whatsoever about. Neither do they have any understanding of genetics and dog breeding or dog breeders. Yes mistakes have been made in some breeds, dont lets destroy the wonderful work some of the breeders have done in other breeds, that every day lighten the lives of many and help others in their jobs out there helping us!

    • avatar Belinda says:

      Did your degree teach you the difference between animal welfare and conservation? If a breed becomes ‘extinct’ as you say, this has absolutely nothing to do with animal welfare whatsoever. Welfare relates to the physiological and psychological well being of an individual animal and is a completely different issue to conservation of a breed.
      Many dogs from shelters are not bred purposefully and are the result of unwanted matings from unspayed / stray animals.
      You can go to a rescue centre and choose a particular size/temperament of dog, in fact most rescue centres assess each animal in detail to ensure it is a perfect fit for a new home. I don’t know any breeders who do this.
      Dogs are domesticated animals and became domesticated via natural evolutionary methods over 1000’s of years through living in close proximity to humans – those that were less aggressive, more sociable etc were able to live closer to humans and, therefore, had a good food supply from scraps. Over hundreds of years this evolved to a domesticated breed that lived in a symbiotic relationship with humans. This is VERY different to a non domesticated zoo animal – a wild animal that is not adapted to a captive lifestyle amongst humans – being kept in confined space, often 100’s of times smaller than its home range either in solitary confinement or in unnatural social groups.
      I too feel that there is a place for well bred working dogs who, by definition, are fit for a purpose and, therefore, healthier animals. However, I feel you too have failed to think things through and need to actually appreciate the real life situations and make sure you are factually correct before writing statements such as the above.

    • avatar Juliette Lovegrove says:

      When I first read this comment I had no intentions of replying because I assumed that it was posted by a child. I’ve just read it properly and now realize that you are actually an adult so I feel that a response is fair.

      You say that you “Get what PETA are saying and trying to do” but it’s blatantly obvious that you don’t, so maybe you should take the time to look into this subject properly. After doing some research you should understand that animal rights organizations and people like me most definitely do see the “Whole picture” and will tirelessly try to right the wrongs that we see. What you find out might change your feelings but if it doesn’t at least you will be able to honestly say that you really do understand.

      I’m not sure what it is you think that people like us gain from our views but I can catergorically tell you that our lives are neither convenient nor easy. We certainly don’t gain friends, admiration or wealth; in fact the exact opposite is true. The only thing we do actually gain is momentary satisfaction whenever we manage to alleviate pain and suffering. I say only momentary satisfaction because of the knowledge that for every animal we help there are countless others that we haven’t been able to save. Even though the task that we have set ourselves is phenomenal we will never, ever give up.

      I will finish by saying that it never fails to amaze me at how offended some people are by kindness and compassion.

  10. avatar Rose says:

    Oh and how many pet dogs/cats have stereotypical behaviour just like zoo animals?

    Chasing tails, pacing when its dinner time, flank sucking and even self harming, not to mention the numerous behavioural problems pet animals have. Are these steroetypical behaviours (which by definition are abnormal behaviours with no known function) not signs of our pet animals inability to cope within their captive environment that we have created for them?

    Does this mean we are being cruel to our pets?
    And if so should we have pets at all?
    Surely having animals as pets and keeping them in an unnatural environment where, in most cases they have less control over their environment than zoo animals do should be boycotted or banned in Peta’s eyes?

    If keeping animals in zoo’s is such horendous animal cruelty then surely keeping pets in our homes captive is too?

  11. avatar Lise Gilliland says:

    Over the years I have adopted 5 pugs and Lhasa/shi Tzu’s from rescue groups. Some have been seniors and many with health issues. I believe these dogs deserve to live out their lives loved and well cared for just as much as mix breeds.

    • avatar Belinda says:

      No one is saying these individual animals don’t deserve love and attention. The point is there is no need to continue breeding these animals who have congenital deformities, especially when there a thousands of beautiful animals needing homes in rescue centres.

  12. avatar Jean Lewis says:

    The Crufts show people are so very very selfish

  13. avatar Sue says:

    Yes I agree Crufts should be banned. Why breed dogs or cats when there are hundreds of animals in shelters waiting for good homes.

  14. avatar Gitte Løyche says:

    All my dogs have been mixed breeds and they were THE BEST!!!!!!!

  15. avatar RUTH says:

    In my opinion i think that something like crufts is just a way of breeders showing off when they PARADE the dogs around…im not sure if its cruel but i do think its unatural and selfish, the dogs obey and like to please but i dont think for one minute they enjoy all that performance its just for the benefit of the breeders! as for breeding certain types of dogs which have health problems i do think that is VERY CRUEL i feel very sorry for the dogs who suffer and i think it should be BANNED!

  16. avatar Sue says:

    In my 40 years of rescuing dogs, I noticed that the “purebreds” consistently had backgrounds which consisted of the most severe abuse and neglect, and at first I wondered why someone would pay many hundreds of dollars for a dog and then treat it like that. Then I realized that to the the people who desire them, the dogs are more of a status symbol, like a Gucci purse, than a living being to be respected.

  17. avatar Cecily Colloby. says:

    No one should be allowed to breed ANY animal while there are so many in shelters awaiting a good home.

  18. avatar F.P says:

    Ban Crufts!!

  19. avatar priscilla says:

    I would never have a pure bred dog – mongrels are the best and I had a lovely one, who was a stray. for 17 years. I think a lot of pure breds only last for 10 to 12 years.

    Yes, breeding of all dogs should be banned until all unwanted dogs are adopted.

  20. avatar chander kumar soni says:

    i hate.

  21. Ban crufts, its exploitation just like beauty pageants for children only worse !

  22. avatar Tucker says:

    BAN CRUFTS AND ALL THE PEOPLE INVOLVED!!!!!

    DO NOT SUPPORT THEM IN ANY WAY,SHAPE OR FORM!!!!

    THEY ARE EVIL AND THEY DON’T CARE!!!!

    SPREAD THE WORD!!!!!

  23. I used to love watching crufts and see those beautiful animals parade so proudly for their owners, but, believe you me, since i have joined this wonderful organisation of PETA, i see and realize how animals can be so cruelly treated (even unconsciously) by money grabbing people.
    Animals should live a care free life and be loved for what they are and not for what they will bring in making them perform mercilessly for the amusement of humans. Why can’t they just live, HAPPY, EAT, PLAY, WALK, SLEEP and be loved by their owners.
    I have an Old English Sheep Dog and a BordColi, but when these two angels go off to Rainbow Bridge, i will certainly opt for a rescue pooch or pooches…
    And, by the way, the person who critisised PETA should be ashamed! These wonderful people devote their lives for the well being of ALL animals and, i quote: “Blessed are the merciful for they shall be shown mercy and blessings shall be bestowed upon them!” GOD BLESS PETA and everything they do!

  24. avatar J.E Oswald says:

    When these people really love dogs then they would protest against the cruelty that dogs in eastern Europe are going through,millions of strays are being beaten,set on fire,shot and left to die,gased, castrated and sterilized without anasetic etc. Do you love dogs ? then Crufts should help to do something to stop this!Internet is full with evidence for those who have eyes wide open!

  25. avatar J.E Oswald says:

    Reply to Rose. No one is against pure Breds,the Shelters,”Dogs Homes ” are full of them, but this way of making money exploiting and inter breeding to change the dogs appearance or personality means that no breed of Dog is pure and once again Humans in here trying to breed a so called perfect dog or cat for that matter for money.In Europe dogs are being stolen from their homes and ending up being used for Puppys farms,thats why there are so many pure breds ending up in dogs homes, dead or on the streets.There is so much to be done to protect not only dogs but other animals and a meeting such as Crofts should make an example for all dogs who are not for fashion they are living and mans best friend and should be treated that way !

  26. avatar Rachel says:

    PETA state in their article “And mixed-breed dogs suffer, too – because every time a family buys a puppy from a breeder, a dog languishing in an animal shelter loses his or her chance at being adopted.” It seems they might not stand much chance of being adopted at your VA centre…

    http://www.consumerfreedom.com/2013/02/peta-kills-89-4-percent-of-adoptable-dogs-and-cats-in-its-care-during-2012/

    I fully support trying to home strays rather than paying for a bred puppy. I just think PETA should address the above claim…

    • avatar Dan says:

      Hi Rachel,
      PETA UK don’t operate an animal centre. For a response to the CCF’s articles from PETA (US), please see petasaves.com .

  27. avatar Rose says:

    Reply to J.E. Oswald. I think you’ll find if you read people’s comments above you’ll find they are against breeding pedigrees (apparently its evil and should be banned according to one person) I don’t know where you got your information on puppy farms from! Most pedigree dogs in puppy farms are NOT STOLEN because their puppies are registered with the Kennel club – so they will be registered with the Kennel club themselves and their puppies would not be allowed to be registered if the dog being bred was stolen. Most dogs that are stolen (including in UK) are taken for a quick easy profit and are sold on relatively quickly. Most proper dog breeders will not make much profit from the puppies (once they’ve paid stud fee’s, for vet checks of the bitch, for food, for vet checks of the puppies, for vaccinations of puppies, registration with Kennel Club etc etc…) as they breed dogs because they love the breed and want it to continue. The people who make money are those that do it purely for money – and if you search the internet you will find thousands of people who have puppies for sale who have bought a bitch purely for the reason of breeding her for money and they usually say ‘we thought it was only fair to let her have one litter’ etc… all i read is money money money!

    Can you point out to me one section in CRUFTS where dogs are used for fashion as i watch CRUFTS every year and i have not once seen dogs used as FASHION. Most dogs at CRUFTS are either working dogs or pets first and take part in shows as an activity (same as dogs that do agility, flyball, obedience etc…) so i’m not sure what you are on about, because they are treated like living things and are treated like man’s best friend (in most instances, of course there will always be exceptions)

    As to dogs being abused in Eastern Europe…what would you like CRUFTS to do? Its on tele during the day-time (with kids watching and kids at the show) so the BBC will not broadcast images of abuse or cruelty as they would get hundreds, if not thousands of complains from people who bubblewrap their children.
    Besides this, in the UK we have higher welfare standards than some EU countries and we treat animals different than they do in general. How would CRUFTS change that? Especially as most people in these countries that abuse dogs will obviously not be watching a dog show on tele!

    If you feel so strongly about the subject yourself then maybe you should do some awareness rasing yourself, set up a website to raise money etc… rather than relying on other people to do it.

    Dogs and other animals are abused in our own country so it would be a bit hypocritical of us to point a finger at another Country when we don’t treat our own animals 100% how we should anyway.

    http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/local-west-yorkshire-news/2012/07/06/hunt-for-thug-after-dog-stabbed-twice-in-the-head-in-huddersfield-86081-31335384/

    As as to the many people who have said dog breeding should be banned until all the unwanted dogs have homes- i hope you do not have your own biological children because there are millions of orphaned children worldwide and as far as i am concerned HUMANS should not be allowed to breed until all these children have loving homes, especially as the less people there are on this planet the more space there is for animals.
    I hope you have thought about this – and if not and you have selfishly had your own children and left millions of other children to die, maybe you would like to think about adopting now so that you can practice what you preach so to say?

    Probably not though!

  28. avatar christine spooner says:

    LEAVE CRUFTS ALONE. THE DOGS ARE TREATED WITH RESPECTED. I HAVE LIVED WITH PEOPLE WHO SHOW DOGS AND THEY SHOW THEM LOVE.

  29. avatar Martha says:

    Disgusting. Stop this, please.

  30. avatar Tania pawelek says:

    Please put a stop to this! It makes no sense! Youve got it all wrong! You should be showing of mixed bread dogs! Are you not missing an opportunity to do the The right thing!! The best thing!!

  31. avatar Totally agree says:

    I have a Fox Terrier and when sneezing always hit its head against the floor. Why? because “Tintin”‘s dog has a heavy head for the body and the legs are quite short so there is no balance between legs’ height and the weight of the head. My female Fox Terrier also has ear infection and epilepsy. We got it from a shelter. I am happy to read this kind of article as this is a topic that when I talked about “disproportion” in some dogs’ breeds people don’t understand or don’t want to understand.

  32. avatar Eliza Hardy says:

    This is atrocious dogs are our friends it’s irresponsible to hurt them like this for money, egos and vanity. Sometimes I think it’s unfortunate how much they depend on us

  33. avatar BEV says:

    ALL OF THE PEOPLE THAT USED ANIMALS FOR THERE LIVEDHOOD SHOULS GET THERE ASS TO WORK AND STOP USEDING ANIMALS TO GET MONEY PEOPLE SUCK I HATE ALL YOU SOB

  34. I used to enjoy watching Crufts as a child but as I got older and wiser and came to realise to what lengths breeders will go to to get the (so say) purest breed, I realised that the consequences of this breeding trend would inflict misery on some dogs and death to others. I watched a documentary where a breeder was not satisfied that the puppies produced were up to standard so wanted a vet to euthanise them. When the vet refused they were told they would find one that would and that they did. I think it is disgusting what breeders can get away with. How can they call themselves dog lovers when all they see the dogs as are trophy and money earning objects. I believe a dog is beautiful in it’s natural state, well fed and well groomed and well loved. I don’t believe in genetically changing them just to suit what the humans believe they should look like.

  35. avatar sharon williams says:

    please stop crufts

  36. avatar Kaye Gorringe says:

    Far too much interbreeding and messing with nature. These animals are pets, not mannequins and money makers. Shame on all you who show.

  37. avatar michela manfè says:

    basta crudeltà!

  38. avatar Louise says:

    The siberian husky who won the working group is actually a working dog, working for the purpose they are bred for. Their coats adapt to the climate they are in (basic dog knowledge would cover this) with siberian huskies in the uk adapting to the mild climate. Siberian huskies are not only exercised at night they are exercised responsibly in day light and siberian huskies are not particularly disposed to eye health defects. Sadly this article is not credible.

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