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Dog Breeding: A Brief History Of What Has Turned Into An Obsession - Yellow Magpie



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Published on May 26th, 2010 | by Yellow Magpie

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Dog Breeding: A Brief History Of What Has Turned Into An Obsession

Descended from the grey wolf, the dog has now been solidly embedded into human culture. Part and parcel of our daily life, our dog is our friend and companion. It has been with us through thick and thin.

This history of dog breeding is a fascinating subject. However, what once served a useful purpose has no become an obsession and dogs are paying the ultimate price.

Emphasis On Function

Early dog breeding was functional in design. Mimicing evolutionary natural selection, dogs were bred to purpose. They served different functions, such as hunting, racing etc.

From Function To Appearance

However, this emphasis completely changed in Victorian times. Dog breeding changed from being something of importance and functional into a sport. Functionalism was replaced by aesthetic beauty and dogs were no longer bred for purpose but rather for appearance. The new breeding fashionistas needed something to display their own importance.

The True Cost Of Dog Shows

The first official dog shows were held in the 1850s and were an instant success. It is dog shows that are perhaps the single greatest threat to dog breeds as they force dogs to conform to cosmetic notions of beauty to the detriment of the animals health and well-being.

The Power Of Example

Many important people are pedigree dog breeders. The Queen of England is said to be a keen breeder. It is these members of society who have a high profile that are damaging dog breeds by supporting intensive dog breeding based upon looks.


Recommended Reading From Amazon

Check out Yellow Magpie’s The Dog: Man’s Most Useful Best Friend for a more general discussion on what makes dogs so special.

For those who are interested in discovering more about the myriad of problems that surround pedigree dog breeding, the BBC Pedigree Dogs Exposed is an excellent place to start. It is freely available on Youtube.

For people who care about their dog’s health, Victoria Stilwell’s book, It is Me Or Your Dog: How To Have The Perfect Pet is the ultimate bible on the subject.

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For people living in Ireland or the United Kingdom you can access It Is Me Or Your Dog: How To Have The Perfect Pet here.

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For those living in Canada you can obtain It Is Me Or Your Dog: How To Have The Perfect Pet from here.

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For Germany: It Is Me Or Your Dog: How To Have The Perfect Pet.

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For France: It Is Me Or Your Dog: How To Have The Perfect Pet .


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