Letters from the Front Line:retrieverman: The real saving grace behind all of this is that AKC dogs are a minority of the US population and show dogs are an even smaller minority. This isn’t like Europe, where the clubs have state or royal patronage (even...Craig: I happen to agree with Christopher and many others on the real problems generated by breeding dogs for conformation and in some cases artificial performance events. The problem for me is how some of these exposes are presented....Merrie Richardson: You got the feeling the reporters didn’t know what they were talking about? They are not experts on the inner dealings of the registry’s hierarchy of breed clubs, and I think that’s a bit besides the...Pai: The people defending Bulldogs has having ‘always looked this way’ ALSO didn’t know what they were talking about. Or else they were outright lying, since anyone with two braincells and access to Google Books or...Greta: Coming late to this discussion: I’ve been doing flyball for well over a decade and I’ve never seen a Saluki in the lanes. I’m going to take a guess that most of the serious sighthounds who are extremely fast are...Elizabeth: The title of this article is stupid and overly dramatic. It is obvious the author knows NOTHING about genetics and breeding dogs. If a blind and deaf human had children would anyone run around saying it is “cruel”...Bert: If dog shows are a sport, then so are flower shows.Kathy Bittorf: n the list of breeds that maintain or convert to good hip status when breeding selection is based solely on performance, are breeds that run or pull straight ahead, or mostly so. Border Collies, on the other hand, do a...Kathy Bittorf: he problem with using a one factor, “one-size-fits-all” procedure with a disease caused by a combination of factors such as HD, is that all breeds do not have the same percentage contribution of these factors. All breeds...Kathy Bittorf: he good news is that although it appears Border Collies may, as a breed, have somewhat lax hips, predisposing them to HD, many also have the protective factors such as increased pelvic muscle mass and good hip formation...Kathy Bittorf: I have not fully research the varies breeds but was diagnosed in conjunction with Dermatomyostis in a Collie what is still called a syndrome under study as far as I know. http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/cond...
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