Letters from the Front Line:Craig: Accuracy is important to credibility. I got the feeling the reporters didn’t know what they were talking about. Even though I agree, for the most part, with the general theme, I think it would help if they got all the facts...Christopher: The “club of clubs” argument is a distinction without a difference. The AKC has the power, they collect the money and they issue the pedigrees and the awards. In fact the AKC has no trouble hand picking their...Craig: I think these stories would be better…more credible, if the reporters got all of their facts straight. The AKC has no ‘members’. They are a club of breed clubs and those clubs have members. There is no doubt AKC...Bert: If dog shows are a sport, then so are flower shows.Kathy Bittorf: It should be more than interesting to see the rebuttals of the brainwashed.Anton: It will be nice to see another programme that makes more people aware of the negative breeding practises involved with pedigree dogs. The real consequences of the beauty pageants on dogs welfare, standards and inbreeding that...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...Viv Billingham Parkes: The tragedy is nobody studies pedigrees anymore. I have asked some present day triallists how their dogs are bred only to be told they haven’t got a clue.I have had the same family of dogs well over 40 yrs,...
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