The Scottish Terrier that was the 2010 Westminster "Best in Show" winner is, predictably, dead at age nine. No word on cause of death yet, but it does not appear to be suicide as there was no note. Most likely cancer or some other genetic disease made all too common due to the inbreeding required in the American Kennel Club's closed registry system.
Back in 2010, of course, I could see this long dark train coming. No, I am not a clairvoyant -- all you have to do is read the breed health surveys!
Since 2010, AKC registrations have continued to sink like a stone even as more Americans than ever before own dogs.
It is not dogs that Americans are rejecting; it is broken, sick and diseased dogs bred within a closed registry system by those who pray at the alter of failed 19th Century eugenics theories.
Trash-basket theories make basket-case dogs.
Meanwhile, over in the U.K., a shelter-rescue Jack Russell terrier just died at the age of 23.
No Kennel Club ribbons for that one, of course. She was "of pedigree unknown"!