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Crufts Controversy and Tools to Ensure Your Dog’s Health and Soundness

Crufts Controversy and Tools to Ensure Your Dog’s Health and Soundness

Most of you have probably seen the outcry this past week regarding the poor conformation of the German Shepherd Dog that won Best of Breed in the recent Crufts Dog show in the United Kingdom. If you haven’t, you can read about it here (Crufts plunged into cruelty row over ‘deformed’... »

Westminster Redux

Westminster Redux

It’s that time of year again – the 140th Westminster Dog Show begins today – or at least the televised version. We have always followed Westminster since I was a kid and my grandfather raised collies. None of them went to Westminster, but Papa was quite proud of his beautiful dogs.... »

Are Show Dogs Fat?

Are Show Dogs Fat?

Last year, following the Westminster Dog Show, we wrote a series of articles expressing our concern over the overweight appearance of the Labradors in the show. The first was No Wonder a Lab has Never Won at Westminster. We followed that up with an article looking into the changes in Labrador’... »

Pedigree Dog Health Issues

Pedigree Dog Health Issues

Our recent update on Fat Labs at Westminster once again proved to be a lightning rod for comments and complaints about pedigree show dog health. And it wasn’t limited to the overweight Labs, we heard from many purebred dog owners, some who show their dogs and some who refuse to because of unhe... »

Update: Fat Labs at Westminster

Update: Fat Labs at Westminster

Last spring, we wrote a surprisingly controversial piece about the apparent overweight Labrador Retrievers shown at Westminster. Our goal was to call attention to the matter in the hopes of raising some awareness about how far the show Labs have diverged from the Labrador Standard and that judges of... »

Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA)

Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA)

Chances are if you have pets, you have heard of the OFA, the Orthopedic Foundation of America. I know ever since I had my first Lab back in 1980’s, I knew of the OFA and their certification process and I made sure that Maxine had her xrays and was cleared for hip dysplasia before we bred her. ... »

Crufts Labrador Winners

Crufts Labrador Winners

UPDATE: It appears I jumped the gun and reported the winner of Crufts before the full reporting had been loaded to the Crufts Results page. The Best of Breed winner was actually an Italian dog: IT CH/SH CH LOCH MOR ROMEO What started as an off-the-cuff comment about the overweight Labradors winning ... »

Will the Crufts Lab be as Heavy as the Westminster Lab?

Will the Crufts Lab be as Heavy as the Westminster Lab?

A few weeks ago, we created a bit of a furor in the Labrador Retriever world when we wrote a post about the overweight Labradors who won Best of Breed and Best of Opposite Sex in the 2014 Westminster show. Our concern about the overweight appearance of these dogs is due to the health related problem... »

An Expert’s Concern over Labrador Retriever Standards

Last week we wrote a post that compared the US Labrador Retriever standard over the past 50-60 years. The change in the standard and the photographic evidence is quite dramatic – check our post if you didn’t see it.  Our concern is that by awarding show championships to “heavier... »

When did Overweight Labs Become the New Normal?

When did Overweight Labs Become the New Normal?

Last week we posted a provocative article regarding what we viewed as overweight Labradors representing the breed in the Westminster Dog Show. We have gotten lots of feedback on the post, from Veterinarians and Lab owners supporting our view and some folks, mostly breeders and show dog owners, telli... »

Best of Breed, Labs, 2014

No Wonder a Lab has Never Won at Westminster

The Westminster Dog Show just wrapped up the 2014 edition. Yet again, the Best in Show was won by a breed other than America’s favorite, the Labrador Retriever. Amazing as it sounds, the Lab has never won the Best in Show award at Westminster. There have been many reasons put forth as to why a Lab h... »

Cross-Breed to Avoid Inbreeding

Cross-Breed to Avoid Inbreeding

For all the lovers of ‘pure-bred’ dogs, I wanted to make sure that you haven’t missed the recent and controversial piece in the NY Times about breeding to standards.   The author, James Serpell, suggests that cross-breeding is one solution to some of the health problems that are ca... »