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Worries about Westminster 2012 winner

Posted by Dog Friendship on Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Winner of Westminster's 2012 Best in Show prize was Pekingese: Ch Palacegarden Malachy, beating out the champions from six others groups (listed below) to claim the prize.  Recently, I blogged a request not to breed pugs and bulldogs with breathing problems, and received a link to the New York Times article on the health of the bulldog breed. Basically, the contention is that the snout has become so pushed in and the soft palate so problematic in these dogs that breathing is very difficult.

So I thought I would have a look at Malachy, the winning Peke, and look at some old photos of Peke's long past to see if perhaps a similar trend might be happening in that breed...where breeding for a cute face may be near the point of affecting health.

After looking at a few old photos (I picked the 1940's, that seemed to me to be a reasonable time frame), I came away convinced that this breed may be facing the same "bulldogish" issues...just saying...check out the winner versus these pics below.  I will certainly be suggesting the folks I know who may be considering a Peke get a vet opinion on the dog's parent's breathing ability and nasal passages.  Otherwise they may be joining bulldogs as some of the most expensive vet bill dogs I know.

 


Other Westminster winners.
 

Hound Group - Dachshund (Wirehaired): GCH Raydachs Playing With Fire V Gleishorbach SW

Non-Sporting Group - Dalmatian: GCH Spotlights Ruffian

Herding Group - German Shepherd: GCH Babheim's Captain Crunch

Sporting Group - Irish Setter: GCH Shadagee Caught Red Handed

Working Group - Doberman Pinscher: GCH Protocol's Veni Vidi Vici

Terrier Group - Kerry Blue Terrier: GCH Perrisblu Kennislain's Chelsey



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So here's a challenge - our site host (Yola) has decided not to maintain blogging capability any  more.  So our old blogs are below and happy tagged and archived but we can't add any more.

 new blog "Ask Ms. Behaviour" is at Tumblr (posts still show up on this page, but are not tagged, and look MUCH better at http://dogfriendship.tumblr.com/). 

You can also see the same blog material if you're a WordPress user at: http://askmsbehaviour.wordpress.com/