Crufts – was it right to disqualify those Best of Breed dogs?

(pic shows judging of some of the Bulldogs at Crufts)

I’m surprised that the disqualification of six “Best of Breed” dogs (Bulldog, Peke, Clumber Spaniel, Mastiff, Neopolitan Mastiff and Basset Hound) at Crufts did not make headlines in the national newspapers. It’s certainly big news in the dog breeding and in the animal welfare world.

The inspecting veterinary surgeon specifically assessed four areas of concern on the health front: eye disease, respiratory problems, skin disease and mobility issues. The specific grounds for failure of the disqualified dogs have not yet been announced but the bottom line was that an independent vet decided that their appearance was inconsistent with full, normal health.

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