Pedigree dogs & Crufts: a lesson in the pros and cons of eugenics. Podcast from Newstalk’s Pat Kenny Show

The Crufts dog show is taking place this weekend, with the Irish Kennel Club’s flagship St Patricks Day show following next week. To put this into context, in this week’s podcast, we discuss the history of pedigree dogs, and explain how this has had positive results, as well as a significant negative impact caused by an excessive focus on the physical appearance of the dogs, sometimes to the detriment of the health of the breed.
You can listen to the podcast by clicking on the play button below.

Questions from listeners about pets

  • Our cat is one year old. Every time I go to pick him up, he bites me. Is he just playing, and what should I do about it? Amy
  • My children want to get a tropical fish tank. I know nothing about fish. What’s the best way to get started?
  • Ten days ago my nine year old cockerel lost his balance, and went off his legs. I am reluctant to give up on him. What could it be?

To listen to Pete’s answers to these questions, listen to the podcast below.

Pete also did a Facebook Live session answering more questions: you can watch this here.

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