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Mary’s Monday Metazoan: This is not supposed to be Cute Overload

But Mary tells me I have to post a picture of a British bulldog puppy anyway.

Comments

  1. opposablethumbs says

    Eh, I know it’s been said a million times but I kind of have to: British bulldogs are a prime example of this –

    fuck the Kennel Club and all the fuckwits who have ever run it for ever having lent their weight to fuckwitted “breed standards” that have led directly to ridiculous, unnecessary and cruel deformities in vast numbers of dogs. (even if they have made some attempts to redress this crap in recent years, after being called out over it and only because they bloody had to when even Pedigree Chum took away their lovely lovely sponsorship cash because they could see which paw their dogbiscuits were buttered on in terms of public opinion). Overbreeding for deformity, fun and profit.

    UK “breed standards” are by and large disgusting and inexcusable. I’d be surprised if breed standards were all that much different in other countries – though I’d be delighted to learn I’m wrong.

  2. twas brillig (stevem) says

    …this is not supposed to be Cute Overload
    Thank G*sh!!! I have NEVER thought BullDogs (of any “nationality”) as being cute; just misshapen dogs, mashed into bizarre distortions of True Doghood.
    I know my opinion is most desired here; so there it is. ^_^

  3. says

    “UK “breed standards” are by and large disgusting and inexcusable”
    And according to my (American) wife, who used to show labradors, the US ones are even worse. :-(

  4. philipelliott says

    As a bulldog owner, I have to agree with opposablethumbs, bulldogs, and many other breeds, are over bred to the point of cruelty. Both bulldogs we have owned have had chronic health problems. We have decided our next dog will be a rescue, regardless of breed.

  5. magistramarla says

    My son has two of these because they represent the marines. They are so ugly they are cute. They snort like pigs.
    I have a straight backed old fashioned style German shepherd.
    The show standard is a dog with a back end that is “cockroached”. They are terrible looking and not as strong as my beautiful boy.

  6. Menyambal says

    Compressed snout, droopy ears and piebald coat — that is a domesticated wolf. And, as others have said, a horribly over-domesticated one. (There’s a couple of mutts next to me here, both healthy and handsome.)

  7. Francisco Bacopa says

    These types of dogs should be allowed to die out, though all dogs like this already living deserve adequate care. Male and female bulldogs have difficulty mating, and quite often females are immobilized in what breeders call a “rape clamp” to make up for male bulldogs’ inability to mount a female. Puppies are often delivered by C-section as the females are often incapable of natural birth.

    Mutts, or as I like to call them, “street dingos” are the best dogs.