Thinning the Herd
When I record and edit these podcasts, I often find myself fantasizing about what will happen in the future regarding this particular subject. When I thought about the changes being made, albeit sometimes grudgingly, in UK show rules to ensure the health of purebred dogs compared to what’s going on in the US, the following scenario popped into my head. In this fantasy, the AKC waits until the UK Kennel Club makes all the difficult choices such as eliminating physical features from show standards that may create problems for the animals and permitting breeders to breed animals from different breeds to increase the diversity of the breed gene pools. Then once they go through all the trauma (and believe me it will be traumatic!) necessary to establish and implement standards to ensure the physical and mental soundness of purebred dogs, the AKC will permit US breeders to breed their animals with these “less pure” dogs.
Pure fantasy for sure, and a rather pessimistic one at that. But still, it’s better than denial.