On the programme, there was an interview with a woman whose dog had just won Best In Show in the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel annual show, and he had syringomyelia. The breeder was aware of this and how it is passed on automatically to the puppies of any dog with it, yet had bred 24 litters from her dog since he was diagnosed with it. It shocked me so much how she could knowingly breed dogs that would die in pain in such a horrible way.
Breeders no longer breed for the healthiest or best hunter, but simply for the best looking dogs, the ones who comply to the 'breed standards'. Personally, I think the idea of breed standards can be a bit ridiculous really. Pepe is a Yorkshire Terrier yet he is nowhere near the breed standard. He is too big, too grey, his ears are too floppy and his snout isn't long enough. Yet he is still the perfect yorkie to me.
I have been calling him affectionately 'my little wolf' since watching 'Martin Clunes: A man and his dogs' last night. The programme went back to the origins of dogs and reminded us all that we are sharing our homes with wild dogs. He went searching for wolves in America and then found wild dingoes in Australia. The cutest were the Jack Russels who were stil being used as ratters. They went chasing after the rats and killed them and shook them, just like Pepe does with his toys! Apparently terriers are bred killers and will kill anything infront of them, even if they're not hungry. I don't think Pepe is a true terrier then, he has had close encounters with frogs and birds and stuff but has never killed anything!