Best of Breed? Pedigree Dogs Face Disease

The Westminster Dog Show is the showpiece for a multi-billion dollar industry, a festival of primped pooches, prestigious prizes and perfect pedigrees. This year's big winner, a Sussex Spaniel called Stump, became an instant celebrity. The owners love it. But whether such competitive shows are good for the dogs is debatable. Consider the Bulldog ring at Madison Square Garden last month, where the show's smushed-face dogs were getting a cooling spray. "In the heat and the lights of the show,...Full Story
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