It seems some folks are all a-twitter because some of the terriers at Crufts were manhandled like tea pots, as seen in the picture, above.
Much ado about nothing.
Very few people are harder on the Kennel Clubs than I am, and not many are harder on the pretenders.
That said, a terrier is not a Labrador Retriever or even a Whippet.
Terriers are light dogs that are supposed to have tough tails which are, in fact, part of their working form.
I routinely tail my own dogs out of holes, and I have even tailed them out of a hole with their teeth firmly sunk into the quarry on the other end!
Yes, the handling you see above is aesthetically bad, and unnecessary in this circumstance, but it does no harm to the dog. It is not a matter of ethics or disrespect, even in a "pretender" breed like the Scottie.
Does it seem to present the dogs as a commodity -- as a tea pot?
That is the objection of the folks who run Crufts, and why they have asked terrier people to handle the dogs differently.
But the folks who run Crufts are focused on aesthetics, and never mind the ethics of breeding dogs in a closed registry, of awarding championships to dogs that do not work, have bad temperaments, and which could not pass a health check. Changing the rules there looks too much like work! And so, in lieu of actually tackling the real ethical issues, the have turned to aesthetics. It's a bit like painting over rotten wood -- sure to fool the know-nothings and a dirt-cheap "fix" that fixes nothing.
If folks are focusing on how terriers are handled, then they are missing the forest for the trees in the world of show ring dogs.
The real ethical issue with Scotties is that they have a 45% cancer rate.
Let's talk about that -- and the fact that "well bred" show Scotties have worse health outcomes than those cranked out by backyard breeders and puppy mills.
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