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You build a winning bloodline only to see it diminished by those who would stop ear cropping or tail docking even though the Breed Standard requires or describes it.


March 12, 2019

Barbara "BJ" Andrews, SAAB Member


Has AKC sold out breed club Standards in exchange for the $$$ income generated by registering imported dogs and selling Certified Pedigrees? Just as troubling, can the American Kennel Club be influenced by dog owners who hope to "make a statement" by showing an uncropped and/or undocked dog?


How ironic that some animal lovers actually think they are protecting animals by campaigning against the centuries of tradition that have insured the very existence of purebred dogs. Can they not see that Animal Rights activists have turned many horse breeds into only vague memories or the pride of wealthy breed preservationists? Budweiser brewery honors and preserves the magnificent Clydesdales but other draft breeds that founded our country and pulled our artillery wagons are nearly extinct.


Saint Bernard dogs no longer rescue people. Mastiffs, Great Danes and other "giant" breeds survive because (we increasingly need home protection) and because breeders are motivated to show them off.  Thankfully, there are still wonderful owners devoted to the giant breeds. Like draft horses, giant breeds can be replaced by technology or machines, but does that mean they should disappear?  Automobiles replaced the horse and tractors do the work once done by mules but thankfully, equine breeders preserved them.


Imported European dogs will not be cropped or docked because breeders in those countries

  1. have no respect for the breed standards that define purebred dogs and

  2. have no backbone to stand up to subversive anti-everything political pressures

I have close dog-friends in Europe. They were our staunch allies through two world wars but today those fearless upstanding people are crushed by political pressure masquerading as “animal” rights??!!? Inconceivable but true.


There is nothing in the AKC charter or bylaws nor has any legal precedent been set decreeing that a long-tailed or drop-eared dog MUST be eligible to be shown and potentially awarded in contradiction to the AKC Breed Standard. To the contrary, those "natural" dogs would and should be disqualified or be ineligible for awards under a breed standard that specifies docked tails or cropped ears.


There is only ONE REASON a national/parent breed club would consider re-writing the breed standard to accommodate drop ears and/or long tails. $$$ MONEY. We've just learned the awful truth about our colleges accepting bribes and we know money talks in dogs too. So if a wealthy club member wants to import a breed whose AKC standards specifies cropped ears and/or docked tail, that is admirable if done for genetics. Blessed are they who import fresh and genetically desirable European bloodlines. Cursed are those who do it for ego and personal gain.


Political activists hiding behind the noble sounding “animal rights” moniker proclaim cropping and docking is cruel. Showing their ignorance, they ignore the health benefits, especially in hunting and field breeds.


There Are 62 AKC Docked Breeds And Over 20 Breeds With Cropped Ears


Draft, hunting, and field dogs may not be “needed” today but we treasure their functional beauty and style. Toy breeds and lap dogs are NOT a luxury in today’s stressful times. For many older people they are more comforting than pain meds. For the emotionally anguished, stroking a dog is better and sooo much less debilitating than swallowing tranquilizers!


All of that is true whether mutts or purebred so think about what some "dog fanciers" are bowing down to. We buy a car because the style and size suits our needs. We buy a Lamborghini that will never see a race course because we love the look and the statement it makes. That is our “right” as free Americans.


Breed Standards define the particular, predictable qualities that enabled dogs to protect our livestock, to put food on the table, to keep robbers at bay, and most of all, to listen to us, and to give tangible love and support without regard to our social status or even to our ability to care for them.


Purebreds Are Predictable. That is exactly why Breed Standards exist and why we must preserve them and our right to crop, dock, or chose the car that suits our fancy... EST 2002 © March 2019



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