Just a quick thread from thoughts raised elsewhere.
We'd all like to think that many show dogs are perfect as they are, and that is supposed to be the idea. But they can be surgically altered... undescended testes, entroption or cherry eye surgery, tails broken and re set... etc etc... It is pretty rare for a judge to be able to spot many surgeries, so a breeders/exhibitor has to rely on their own ethical standards.
I personally wouldn't show a dog that had been. But I have seen it. I worry more when those dogs are consequently bred from.
I suppose what it means for us as pet owners is to be super selective in buying, even from registered breeders. Any thoughts from you guys?
If you went to a dog breeder wanting a quality, healthy and mentally sound pup as a pet and all they talked about was their show wins would you be impressed? Or would you go elsewhere. Sometimes it can sound very impressive when big wins are listed in a puppy pedigree...