Because of fostered competitiveness by having people get their worth from what kind of purebred dog they have, we’ve been deluded.
Canine enthusiasts have been deceived into concluding the purer the dog breed, the more superior to other pooches. It’s even gotten to the point of comparing within the same pure bred group & thus make a sport out of it.
Let’s get real. It seems that a dog’s level of purity to its breed is directly related to how much its owner would end up spending at the vet. Also, being more likely to bite. Now, let’s take a closer look at issues related to health, friendliness, size, & performance flexibility.
When people control for genetic traits, whether they like or not, they’re also transmitting with it, possible phenotypical defects. A pure spaniel would more easily be predisposed to atrophy of the retina that gets worse as it ages.
That getting-expensive pooch is also more liable for cataracts, lunation on the patella, higher intra-ocular pressure, dysplasia on the elbow, torsion of the digestive tract, seizures, abnormal heart muscle degeneration, ectropion, hard deposits on the bladder, external inflammation of the ear…
dog dysplasia of the hip, low thyroid function, inordinately high ear wax production, being deficient of the enzyme that metabolizes phosphoric fructose, entropion, ‘cherry’ sight, disease of the liver, allergic, lower cardiac stroke volume, as well as its edema consequence. & this is just one purebred.
But any pure-bred regardless of pedigree has a higher likelihood for cancer. It also lives less than a mixed breed, & all because of the physical complications commensurate to their genes. But by allowing dogs to naturally select, complications lessen from gene pool mixing, instead of recessive gene expression.
Join me for the next installment as we deal with the rest of the issues at hand. Bite included.