|This is what the Shar Pei used to look like. Image source.|
|This is what a heavily inbred dog can look like today.|
|The same dog after a face lift to save its eyesight.|
The Daily Mail details a recent facelift given to a Shar Pei whose over-wrinkled face and resulting eye entropion was leading to blindness.
The vet blasted the over-breeding which led to Molly suffering from one of the worst cases of the entropion he had ever seen.
Mr Marks said: 'Molly is a result of very bad breeding between dogs that are essentially diseased.
'Molly was bred to satisfy a certain criteria on what they think a dog should look like rather than its health.'
Ms Walsh bought Molly for £500 just last month, but has already shelled out £720 in vet bills.
She now plans to sue the owners, from Wales, who sold her the pet, claiming they were not honest about her state of health.
She said: 'I'm very angry. It's not about the money, it's the fact they were dishonest.
'How could they let Molly go through a year of pain without doing anything?'
A row erupted two years ago about the over-breeding of pedigree dogs following a BBC documentary that exposed health problems among some of the most extreme cases.
The Shar Pei was among 12 breeds documentary makers demanded be dropped from Crufts as a condition for continuing to air the celebrated dog show. The demands were not met by the Kennel Club.
The "modern" Sharpei is a Kennel Club-created mutant created by extreme exaggeration and rapid inbreeding.
A commentator to the article, however has it exactly right when she writes where the real problem lies:
Did Molly's owner research this breed before she blindly went and bought her pup? I doubt it.
Did Molly's owner buy her for her looks? I'm pretty sure of it.
I am by no means excusing the breeder, as they obviously have not been breeding responsibly, but as long as there are people like Molly's owner willing to pay to get dogs like these, there will be a breeder meeting the demand.
Do not buy a wrecked car because you liked the color of the paint, and then sue because the alignment is wrong and the engine does not run.
Anyone buying a Shar Pei today should know they are likely to be buying a bucket load of problems ranging from serious health issues to serious temperament issues. These problems are talked about routinely in breed literature, and are not deeply hidden secrets.
Yes, the breeder is criminally irresponsible.
Yes, the Kennel Club is an organization that embraces systemic cruelty through the breeding of diseased, deformed, and defective dogs.
But dog buyers too are culpable. This dog was a mess the day it was bought!