Saturday, August 16, 2014

Westminster Winning Terrier Is, Predictably, Dead

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"!


Peter Apps said...

Daisy got to a good age,, but from the picture with her owner she would probably have made 30 if she had been fed on dog food - murder by can opener indeed.

Robert Ballard said...

I have taken this blog to heart. Congenital kidney disease is a problem in beagles. Even those who live to old age don't seem to make the extreme ages that their size and hardiness would seem to predict.25 pound dog living to be twelve does not impress me much.Of my four,only one is purebred. The others are half feist. My half-breeds hunt and handle well. As for longevity,only time will tell.

Liberty Belle said...

Sadie died of a pulmonary embolus after spay surgery. Last I heard, that wasn't a genetic condition. Chalk another one up to the benefit of ripping out vital organs unnecessarily.

PBurns said...

No mention of her cause of death on any site I can find (and lots of Scottie sites), though with over 60 percent of Scotties giving birth caesarian (head too big for body), I would note that a female dog is likely to have serious surgery one way or another before it is over.