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The Newfoundland All Breed Kennel Club hosted a dog show Saturday and Sunday at the St. John’s Recreation Centre in Buckmaster’s Circle in St. John’s. Some of the attractions included four all breed shows, a puppy sweepstakes, four obedience trials and junior handling, in addition to an array of well groomed and well trained dogs that were captivating to young and old dog lovers alike. Photos by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram

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  • Penny
    July 15, 2013 - 18:21

    Oh and with regard to the eugenics comment ... Hitler wanted to make decisions about PEOPLE and who should live and who should have children ... he was a rascist. Breeding dogs or any other animal to improve the next generation is comparable to natural selection of the fittest (or best) in the wild in less extreme form. Domesticated animals are no longer are subject to natural selection so it is necessary to use selective breeding in order to make improvements in successive generations.

  • Penny
    July 15, 2013 - 18:15

    The Syringomyelia issue in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels is more of an issue in the UK. Remember that there was a strict quarantine in the UK for a very long time and dog breeders were not able to import dogs so they were not able to bring in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels to breed away from the problem. Another question is who is a breeder? In the US, AKC stats indicate that only 10% of puppy registrations come from people who show and participate in performance events. Most puppy registrations come from "one-time breeders", and the rest from commercial breeders, puppymillers, and backyard breeders. These puppy producers do not breed the best structured to best structured nor do they do genetic screening the way the responsible 10% do. The unfortunate reality is that ninety percent of purebred dogs come from dog producers not responsible breeders.

  • Krista
    July 10, 2013 - 09:05

    Edgecombe - Excellent points for sure and I totally agree that responsible breeders do care about the health and structure of their dogs. I guess my point is that if we are discussing 'purebreds' vs breeders, there is a big difference, sadly, due to the backyard breeders, puppy mills, etc. For every responsible breeder out there how many irresponsible are there? I know the results of those breedings aren't the dogs being shown in competition, but they are the ones giving purebreds a bad name, so to speak. I'm not proposing to offer a solution to this problem, just commenting. It would certainly be nice if someday responsible breeders were the only ones allowed to breed......

  • Edgecombe
    July 08, 2013 - 21:31

    @ Krista... form and function go hand in hand. The CKC standards for each breed describe each breed (form) and that description is based on the function of that breed. If breeders breed true to the standard as ethical breeders do, there is no sacrifice of function. While you may claim that many breeders are not responsible, I would like to point out that there are great differences between people who merely pump out puppies for profit and those who have dedicated themselves to improving a particular breed at great personal expense over a lifetime. Puppy mill operators and back yard breeders are people who exploit animals - CKC breeders do not. There is a difference and responsible breeders should not be lumped in with the bad ones and tarred with the same brush.

  • Sinnott-Williams
    July 08, 2013 - 17:57

    Dear KENT, - "Frankly, I think" that if you were a decent (reputable) reporter you would have done your research prior to bad mouthing reputable breeders. Breeders who health test prior to breeding making every effort to eliminate any inherited/genetic conditions this can produce healthy dogs for generations. That being said you are obviously 'on the same side of the fence' as Backyard Breeders who are doing a half-assed job of breeding for no other reason than for money. Just as you did a half-assed job reporting on a issue you are so obviously to ignorant to research. Did you even bother to speak to any of the reputable breeders at this event? Ask questions? Isn't that what reporters do? Or they just come to their own conclusion on an issue they are reporting . Again, Half-Assed job in my opinion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • dunphy
    July 08, 2013 - 16:08

    good ckc registered breeders are so confident in the health of their dogs that they offer health guarantees for all their puppies. with care and consideration of breeding pairs genetic deseases can be eliminated in our lifetime. if you take one breed with 10 common health issues and breed to a different breed with 10 health issues you now have a mixed breed with 20 health issues. Purebreds are much healthier genetically than mixed breeds and millions annually are spent by breed specific foundations to identify genes which carry disease and to find ways to test for them. The aim of a good breeder is to breed the best to the best to maintain a healthy breed.

  • Krista
    July 08, 2013 - 12:53

    I think there are valid points to both 'sides' of this issue. Yes, ethical breeders do everything in their power to breed healthy, functional dogs. In fact a recent study even showed that 'mutts' may be just as susceptible to health issues as purebred dogs http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=10613. However, there are many, many breeders out there who are not responsible. And nobody can deny that some form has been gained in purebred dogs at the cost of function. Yes some aspects may have had a place in the historical purpose of the breed, but for most those days are long gone (e.g. bulldogs).

  • Edgecombe
    July 08, 2013 - 11:49

    Kent - responsible, ethical breeders are extremely knowledgeable about their breed and do not breed any animal with an inherited affliction. This is determined through genetic testing - hip x-rays (OFA), eye testing (CERFs) and any appropriate blood testing for that breed. Genetic testing can also include heart or hearing testing. Responsible breeders screen all breeding animals prior to breeding and this significantly reduces the risk of inherited issues. They carefully choose breeding pairs based on many factors. Responsible CKC breeders love their breed and the welfare of their breed is of the utmost importance - this is a labour of love, not money. They honour the history and function of their breeds. They carefully screen owners and maintain a lifelong interest in the puppies they place. Because they breed wisely, they can offer guarantees of health and temperament on their puppies. Breeders have worked very hard to reduce the incidence of inherited conditions and the health of purebred dogs today is superior to many years ago because breeders have supported DNA research which has resulted in the development of many DNA-based genetic tests which are now widely used to test dogs prior to breeding. Please educate yourself before you spread untruths about the purebred dog fancy. The Newfoundland (All Breed) Kennel Club has worked very hard to prmote purebred dogs in this province - accurate information is a crucial factor in this endeavour.

  • Jean
    July 08, 2013 - 11:40

    Well Kent, I guess you haven't been around reputable breeders...only in backyards.

  • Kent
    July 08, 2013 - 09:04

    Frankly, I think dog breading is inherently bad. It is essentially eugenics applied to dogs.. Arbitrary and stupid ideas about “breed standards” are often harmful to the animals. Bulldogs and pugs can barely breathe properly because their muzzles have been bred to ridiculous proportions. Giant breed such as Great Danes suffer all sorts of hip and joint issues. King Charles Spaniels often suffer eructating head pain because their craniums are too small for their brain size. All this because some morons seem to think a dog should, or should not look a certain way. Treating living animals like designer hand-bags is sickening.