What is the function of a Pug?
Is it not to be a dog that does not demand too much exercise?
I am deadly serious.
The notion that brachycephalic breeds that cannot move is a DEFECT assumes that the people who buy these dogs want dogs that do NOT get winded crossing the rug, and that CAN chase and kill the neighbor's cat.
Think about how many hours a day you are on a screen -- a television, a computer, a cell phone, a Kindle, an iPad. Is it 8 hours a day? Is it 12? Where is your time for a dog that needs to be walked twice a day? Not there! This is the world we live in. And so, more and more people look to pugs and English Bulldogs.
Noses that cannot breathe and legs that cannot walk are not seen as a defect, but as a FEATURE.
And the Bulldog does not live long? How is that a defect in this throw-away society where a cellphone is tossed in a bin every two years? The sickest bulldog seems to last longer than most marriages these days. Plus, a dead dog is a chance to get a PUPPY! And who does not love puppies?
Why do people gravitate to rescue Greyhounds? Simple: because they are told they are "couch potatoes." That's the sell -- not that these dogs are great dogs on the lamp at night, on rabbits or fox. The sell is that they will get up on a couch and stay there all day while you watch TV next to them.
Now, to be clear, I do not think too many people consciously look for dogs that are crippled. Instead, they look for dogs that are "easy to take care of," "low-energy," "couch potatoes," which are "funny looking" and which have "personality" because they waddle or snore or pant all day long with the tongues hanging out of their mouth.
But that's all language -- the gloss of words used to rationalize selection for defect.
At Starbucks this morning, a number of people stopped to inquire about Moxie. When told she is a Jack Russell, they tell me they are a "high energy" breed that "are always leaping" and which they cannot have because of "cats".
Yes, a real Jack Russell Terrier is a REAL dog. It is not broken. It barks. It runs. It lives for 15 years. It has prey drive.
And no, it is not a cat.