I am an admirer of most things British. I love tweeds, tea time, & cottage gardens, so it is no wonder that I am fascinated by Crufts. I have been up since the early AM awaiting results. While looking through today’s results, I came across something curious. There was no Best of Breed awarded in Bulldogs or Pekingese. Now, I found it unlikely that the judges were not being able to find a worthy representative for two breeds in which the English have long excelled, especially at a show where there are more than 22,000 dogs in the regular classes.
The Peke, that was the breed winner was PalaceGarden Bianca, who was awarded the Bitch Challenge Certificate. If the kennel name is familiar, it’s because Bianca was bred and is owned by John & Jean Smith, the breeders of this year’s Westminster Best In Show winner, GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy. It seems that Bianca failed the now required veterinarian health check, having been found to exhibit “visible signs of problems due to conditions that affect their health or welfare.” The same fate was shared by the Bulldog, Mellowmood One In A Million.
The health certification process was put in place after the Kennel Club came under fire in 2008 after the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) aired an inflammatory piece, Pedigreed Dogs Exposed, which claimed that many pure bred dogs were systematically bred to be unhealthy. As a result the BBC booted the Crufts broadcast from its schedule and the British Club was forced to enter into a compromise with the devil.
The Kennel Club now separates out 15 of the over 200 breeds at Crufts for special veterinarian certification after being selected as Best Of Breed. The targeted breeds are the Basset Hound, Bloodhound, Bulldog, Chow Chow, Clumber Spaniel, Dogue De Bordeaux, German Shepherd Dog, Mastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff, Pekingese, Shar Pei, St Bernard, French Bulldog, Pug and Chinese Crested. Anyone with a modicum of knowledge about these breeds knows that there are many other similar breeds which are likely to be included in future pogroms. Now here is the real rub. It is the vet, who may or may not have ever bred a litter in his/her life, who makes the determination as to whether the Breed winner is worthy of the award, not the judge. I’ll hold to a future post the discussion of how veterinary students are being brainwashed today, but many of you have already run across vets who are not sympathetic to our hobby.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We are determined to ensure that the show ring is a positive force for CHANGE and that we help to move breeds forward by only rewarding the healthiest examples of a breed.” (emphasis added). Well, Ms Kisko here is a bulletin for you. The Pekingese breed is millennia older than any of your most revered British institutions. What gives you the right to CHANGE the interpretation of what the breed should be from what ancient Emperors and dog fanciers gave us. I promise you, you will not succeed. The Pekingese breed will survive…much longer than your Kennel Club. And that’s today’s Back Story.