The American Kennel Club has released its annual list of the country's most popular dog breeds -- and the big news is that the Bulldog's ranking has climbed from #10 to #8
Oh good! Well, what did I expect? The tragedy that is the AKC continues unabated.
I think I described this breed quite well in an earlier post in which I noted that:
"The famed English Bull Dog ... is mostly Chinese pug -- a show ring creation with legs so deformed it can barely walk, a jaw so undershot it cannot grab a frisbee, and with a face so bracycephalic it cannot breathe. Add to these problems a deformed intestinal system (a by-product of achondroplasia or dwarfism) which makes the dog constantly fart, and a pig tail prone to infection, and you have a dog that considers its own death a blessed relief."
Of course, I am not the first to note that the English Bulldog is an abomination and embarrassment.
As early as 1894, Englishman Rawdon Lee, an authority on bulldogs, stated:
"It is known that time plays grim jokes on historical monuments. There has probably never been a dirtier joke, however, than the one played on our national symbol, the English Bulldog.... The lunacy of breeding for extreme exaggeration, for extreme foreheads and huge skulls, for totally exaggerated low-slung front legs, for shoulders pointing outwards at almost a right angle, for Bulldogs with a front wider than that of the opposing bull. None of this used to be the case and only recently came into fashion."
Not said by the American Kennel Club: that the English bulldog is now such a mutant mess that it needs to be put into a rape rack in order to mate, and it has to have a veterinarian standing by when it is whelped, as almost all the dogs are Cesarean section due to the small pelvis of the dam and the enormous heads on the pups.
Also not said by the American Kennel Club: that the bulldog is now such a health wreck that the U.K. Kennel Club has moved to change the breed's standard so that the dog has some chance of becoming a being able to actually walk and breathe.