Deadly Beauty? Breeding for Looks
With more than 400 recognized dog breeds around the world, there's a smorgasbord of choices for the picky pet lover. But should looks rule our hearts? Can breeding for specific traits cause quirky canine consequences? Experts say pedigree dogs are plagued by more than 500 genetic disorders, from back problems and birthing difficulties to blindness and seizures. What in dog's name are breeders thinking! Are they blinded by shiny cups and satin ribbons? Listen as pet health journalist Christie Keith of the Pet Connection weighs in. And to keep up to date with all past and present radio topics (plus pet care articles and behavior tips) sign up for the free PET PEEVES E-newsletter from www.shojai.com
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