Update on breeding …A review of breeding standards for every pedigree dog species in Britain is under way by The Kennel Club in an attempt to introduce more humane rearing for pets and showdogs. The tough approach was signalled when Pekinese breeders were told yesterday that the dogs’ flat faces were no longer acceptable because they cause breathing problems. The problem has arisen because the muzzle has become obsolete through breeding, and the flesh that would have naturally covered the dog’s muzzle is instead… in its throat. Other breeds to face scrutiny will include the Clumber spaniel, bloodhound, bulldog, mastiff, German shepherd, basset hound and St Bernard. Inbreeding of dogs – sons with their mothers and half siblings with each other – is also to be tackled. As a result, The Dog Trust, Britain's largest dog charity has withdrawn all support for the Crufts Show over controversial breeding techniques for show animals. The Dogs Trust had decided to follow the lead of the RSPCA, as reported by The Times yesterday, and cut all links with the Kennel Club, which organises the show. Whew…this is obviously going to make big waves in the US. What do you think about the pressure? Is it necessary?
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