How dog breeders have “improved” breeds over the past 100 years.
- The basset hound never used to sit so low. The dog has suffered changes to his rear leg structure, has excessive skin, vertebrae problems, droopy eyes that are prone to ectropion and entropion, and excessively large ears.
- The bull terrier used to be an athletic dog, but over the years his snout was mutated to be oversized and bending downwards, leading to respiratory issues. Many bull terriers have supernumerary teeth and are compulsive tail chasers and air biters owing to brain deformities.
- The boxer now has a much shorter face with an extremely short snout. The hindquarters are also lower. Like all brachycephalic dogs, the boxer has difficulty controlling his temperature in hot weather, meaning they are prone to overheating and collapsing in the summer. The boxer also has one of the highest cancer rates among dog breeds and many modern day boxers suffer from seizures.
- The english bulldog has evolved into a creature that suffers from almost every known disease. A kennel club survey conducted in 2004 found that they die on average at only 6 years and 4 months old. They cannot mate without human intervention, and cannot give birth naturally due to their giant heads. There is no such thing as a truly healthy bulldog.
- The dachshund, at one time, used to have functional legs and necks for their size. Their backs and legs have gotten longer, chest jutted forward, and legs have shrunk to such proportions that there is barely any clearance between their chest and the floor. Obese dachshunds usually have to actually drag their bellies across the ground. Their risk for intervertebral disc disease - which can result in paralysis - is extremely high. They are also prone to achrondoplastic related pathologies, progressive retinal apathy, and problems with their legs and joints.
- Pugs are the most inbred breed of dog in existence - an investigation carried out found that amongst the 10,000 pugs found in the UK are so inbred, the gene pool consists of the equivalent of only 50 individuals. They are extremely brachycephalic, and suffer severely from all the associated problems - the folds in their face frequently get infected, they struggle to breathe (making snoring/snorting/huffing noises even without moving), they have high blood pressure, low oxygenation, often collapse and die in the summer or if allowed to overheat, dentition problems due to their skulls being so curled in, and perhaps most shocking - their double curled tail is actually a genetic defect, and in its most serious forms leads to paralysis and many dogs needed a wheelchair or being euthanised if this progresses. These dogs are usually culled if they fail to produce this ‘attractive’ trait.
Healthy puppies that do not succumb to these ridiculous modern day breed standards are usually culled. One very heartbreaking example is the rhodesian ridgeback. The ridge is actually a genetic deformity - a mild form of spinal bifida - and puppies born without this ridge are healthy - but since the ridge is their namesake, healthy puppies are normally culled at birth and only those with noticeable ridges are bred from, thus passing the disability down to future dogs. Below is a ridgeback alongside a healthy, ridgeless dog.
3 to 4 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full…. people are choosing to buy from breeders or shops instead of offering them a home.
Homeless animals outnumber homeless people by 5:1.
Only 1 in 10 dogs will ever find a permanent home.
25 PER CENT OF DOGS THAT ENTER SHELTERS ARE PUREBREEDS.
Please consider adopting a homeless dog. Please don’t encourage breeding these animals when there are so many being killed every year. Breeding is a profit, not “just” a hobby, and even if you think your breeder is reputable, they are still churning out puppies into a world where pets are seen as disposable.
This post is EXTREMELY important and I want all of you to read it.
NEVER buy a dog. Adoption should be your only option.
Normally not the biggest social justice blogger out there but this means so much to me. My family has never bought a dog in any of our members’ lives (my mom’s always had at least 2 rescue dogs under her wing since she was 5 even if it meant taking care of them in her yard in the streets Ann Arbor by herself at that age just to make their lives a bit better — she’s 51 now), and we never support anything that supports breeders. In recent years, we have ended up with a sickening number of homeless *purebreds* worth thousands of dollars because everyone in ~Suburban America~ thinks they need one and then have literally let them run away on purpose to get rid of them.
Two of our dogs are Shih Tzus, and we love our dogs to death, but the breed is just so ridiculous. Both of our Shih Tzus are rescues from owners who couldn’t handle the care it takes to have a dog in the first place, MUCH LESS the health problems that Shih Tzus have. One of them is so inbred by shoddy breeding that one of her ears essentially has no true opening to the inside because of its structure, so she’s had an ear infection for years that the best vet in our county can’t even figure out unless we paid the equivalent of a new car for surgery, which we would but don’t have. She is in constant pain and is suffering balance issues because some breeder at a puppy mill wanted to make a quick buck off her even if it meant breeding together siblings. Her legs are also too short and long for her breed, so she is unable to walk down stairs without tumbling over because her back legs propel her forward too much. The other has trouble with breathing every day, and she has mini asthma/panic attacks multiple times a day even when she’s just sitting or snoozing. She can’t be left alone for more than a few minutes because of this…she could die simply from lack of oxygen. But it’s okay that her breathing tract is too small to properly function because she’s got some *special papers* that my aunt thought were absolutely necessary for having a pet and waiting 2 years for a breeder to breed the perfect color dog for her.It sickens me that the well-being of the animal no longer matters to breeders and the like. The dog that lives next door to us is some small breed that isn’t allowed to breed with itself because the results can be deadly — it supposedly has to always be a mix of itself and some other breed. There was some sort of mistake, and two of them interbred, and he happened. He’s a nice dog personality-wise and I love him, but he’s a walking disaster and I’m so glad that someone was kind enough to take him in. His legs are *each* a different length, and his tail is bent in the middle because of a deformity. His snout is about a quarter of his body length, and his ears are essentially flipped inside out even though they’re almost to the ground. His back is permanently curved, and he can’t bark without coughing and gagging — not to mention that his bark sounds like a bird being killed slowly and sounds nothing like any other dog I’ve ever heard. He’s such a mess that my neighbors got him for free, but only if he was neutered, which they gladly did. He has a great life provided for him, but it could be so much better if his body actually was put together the way it was meant to.TL;DR: don’t buy dogs from a breeder, don’t let your pets have babies, and stop supporting breeding. Most purebred animals are a form of cruelty in my mind, and more of these animals end up in the streets or shelters than you know.
Suddenly the door behind him bursts open and three Peacekeepers spring into the room. Two pin Cinna’s arms behind him and cuff him while the third hits him in the temple with such force he’s knocked to his knees. But they keep hitting him with metal-studded gloves, opening gashes on his face and body. I’m screaming my head off, banging on the unyielding glass, trying to reach him. The Peacekeepers ignore me completely as they drag Cinna’s limp body from the room. All that’s left are the smears of blood on the floor.
The difference in him between these two gifs really speaks for the journey he’s been on
The journey they’ve both been on. <3
Glad to say that I won’t be taking any classes at MCC this semester that I won’t be getting credit for
If you are an adult, becoming an adult, about to become an adult, or are worried about becoming an adult. take the time to watch this
actually, I think everyone, everywhere would benefit from this. please take the time. life is hard. SIGNAL BOOST.
This is important. Imagine if all of Tumblr can see it. I don’t want notes I want for you to each have a better day then the last. boost. watch.
Watch this. it might change your life. reblog. spread the word.
I know there was a laugh track on for some of this, but honestly it made me cry.
This is wonderful.
— Meredith Grey (via wethinkwedream)
(◕‿◕✿) boys with tattoos
(◕‿◕✿) boys with piercings
(◕‿◕✿) boys with messy hair
(◕‿◕✿) boys with long legs
(◕‿◕✿) boys with collarbones
(◕‿◕✿) boys in bands
I. FREAKING. KNOW. I knew you’d love it