The Kennel Club announced recently (October 27th 2020) that it pledges to provide $347,00 to kick off fundraising and further research into complex brachycephalic syndromes. The kennel club is the largest official kennel club of the United Kingdom and the oldest recognised kennel club in the world.
Ironically, the Kennel Club itself has been criticised over the past twenty years for actually assisting in creating the brachycephalic syndromes that it now wants to research. Perhaps they have a guilty conscious and want to fix what they created?
The Kennel Club has set up a Charitable Trust and has now pledged to ”help advance vital research into brachycephalic (flat-faced) dog health”.
They claim that this donation is part of a fundraising drive to help investigate a number of different aspects related to flat-faced dogs and it hopes that breed clubs, breeders, owners and international partners will also pledge support and additional funding to help enhance and extend this research.
This is very dubious especially since many ‘charitable trusts’ are just a ‘front’ to generate tax deductible revenue that can then be absorbed by professional fundraisers as operating expenses rather than the causes described in solicitations.
Either way, the kennel club claims that this work will focus on the following breeds: Affenpinscher, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Chihuahua, Dogue de Bordeaux, Griffon Bruxellois, Japanese Chin, King Charles Spaniel, Maltese Terrier, Pekingese, Pomeranian and Shih Tzu.
These are just some of the breeds that have been under the spotlight over the last thirty years by working dog enthusiasts who have spoken out at the Kennel club who have endorsed their extreme appearances but who now have decided to use in their research!
Here at FITDOG NATION we have always maintained that form follows function. That means when you select and breed for performance it inadvertently screens out many of these health issues. It is laughable that an organisation such as the kennel club who has for many years supported the breeding of such extreme structures is now playing the role of ‘researcher’. Perhaps they have a more sinister motive which involves generating an extra revenue generating source. Who knows?
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