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    Probably the Whippet was still a very young breed at that time - and yes, working class as well. So probably a little frowned upon!

    I love Deeries too, they always strike me as very similar in temperament to the Borzoi. I adore their shagginess - especially when they have lovely beards!

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    In 1985 in the UK there was a documentary called Pedigree Dog Problems, interested then have a looksee on YouTube via this link.
    YouTube - Pedigree dog problems + Kennel Club response in 1985
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    Coming up on the Catalyst program on Australian ABC1 National 8pm 17/09/2009 is a segment called "Pedigree dogs - are they being bred to death?".

    Dr Jonica Newby at Catalyst has been doing some research, which included doing interviews with Jemima Harrison and Professor Patrick Bateson. If you wish to see some recorded video of extended interviews with them then click on this link and look down the page.
    Catalyst: Extras - ABC TV Science
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    Do you have a dog of your own Quincy? What sort of dog/s if any do you have?

    I always find it a bit odd that someone should join a dog forum and never once mention their own dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deerhound View Post
    Do you have a dog of your own Quincy? What sort of dog/s if any do you have?

    I always find it a bit odd that someone should join a dog forum and never once mention their own dog.
    Well if you want to know I have had a number of Cavaliers over the years with Champion titles not only in conformation but also Champion titles in Obedience and Champion titles in Tracking, plus with Cavaliers who also obtained Endurance titles. There is a photo of my dog who is not a Cavalier with his ball collection via this link, he is an Assistance Dog for my wife. What else do you want to know, maybe you could reciprocate and start by letting me know if you have a dog of your own.
    http://members.wideband.net.au/safcav/1A/Quincy.jpg
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    Thank you.

    What you have said indicates you genuinely care about the issue. I thought at first you were some sort of PETA activist intent on paving the way for a pet free society.

    Currently I have 3 dogs. A 17 year old Pug of my own breeding. The last of my line actually as I stopped breeding Pugs 17 years ago when the breed became popular. I also have a 2 year old Whippet and an 18 month old Shetland Sheepdog. Deerhounds are my heart dogs but I will probably never have another. I lost my last one to cardiomyopathy at the age of 7.

    Very pleased to meet you at last Quincy.

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    I'm certainly NOT a PETA activist, and gees I do like a big steak now and then, but seeing those doggie eyes looking on well how can I resist but to share some with them, well I think you understand. But keep in mind that from what I have seen over the years in the dog scene, well I feel that some change is needed to the dog scene for the benefit of dogs.
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    Last edited by Quincy; 09-14-2009 at 12:30 PM.

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    Those who missed it and would like to see it. The Australian ABC TV Catalyst program called "Pedigree Dogs" is available to view online and here is the link.
    Catalyst: Pedigree Dogs - ABC TV Science

    Also an extended video interview with the ANKC President Hugh Gent has just been added to the Catalyst website see down the page at this link.
    Catalyst: Extras - ABC TV Science

    Note in the televised video this was mentioned.
    "Dr Jonica Newby - I have here the results of a large new study in the UK hot off the presses. And it found every one of the 50 most popular breeds in the UK is predisposed to at least one conformation related disorder."

    I did a screen capture to see what she was holding and here it is, if not displaying on this forum then click on the link.


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    Although it was only a small segment I felt the Catalyst report was slightly less biased than the UK doco. At least they interviewed a Bulldog breeder who has spent the last 20 years trying to improve the health of her breed.

    They even mentioned the research funded by some breeders into hereditary diseases in Oz but it was a blink and you'll miss it moment.

    Overall both programs did not look at the issues fairly IMO. There was still no mention of the fact that health problems have also increased in crossbred dogs, particularly designer crossbreeds. So it is not quite as simple as inbreeding v. outcrossing.

    Most of us know that from time to time secret out crosses have happened in certain breeds. Irish Wolfhounds spring to mind. Certainly here in Oz there was Deerhound blood put back into the breed in the 1960s/1970s (some say it went on much longer) due to a small gene pool and a high degree of infertility in Wolfies. No doubt it happens in other breeds as well.

    Another problem I see is the difference between working and show lines in some breeds. Up until WWII certain Gundog and Terrier breeds in the UK had to pass a working test before they could achieve their show championship title. If a dog has to be capable of doing a job of work you are much less likely to find physical problems in the breed. Bring back working tests.

    Could say much more but I fear I have bored people enough already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deerhound View Post
    Could say much more but I fear I have bored people enough already.
    I'm not bored at all !! I find what you write is most informative without being verbose or baffling me with BS or topic specific jargon on topics & subjects I have little or no knowledge of.

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