The reason I didn't watch the video is that it's heartbreaking. I watched a few minutes and couldn't take it. I'm not being closed-minded. It's
just that I know quite a lot about dogs and dog breeding. The dogs in that video most likely come from puppy mills and/or back-yard breeders. It's
not the fact that they are purebred that causes the unhealthiness, it's HOW they are bred.
There are several kinds of breeders. (Testing the dogs for medical issues BEFORE they are bred is the best way to guard against inherited health
1. Puppy Mills: Unhealthy (but purebred) dogs are bred in crowded and deplorable conditions, and bred again as soon after the birth as possible, only
to take the puppies (that carry unhealthy genes) to a "pet store" and sell them for profit.
2. Back-Yard Breeders: Someone has a bulldog (that they got at a pet store) and there's a bulldog down the street (that came from a neighbor), so
they get together and breed the dogs, without testing, so they can hopefully make a few bucks and/or give their dogs the "experience of breeding".
You'll find these puppies advertised in the paper or being sold out of a box at Wal-Mart.
3. Reputable Breeders: These breeders do all medical testing appropriate to the breed to minimize the chances of unhealthy puppies. The breeding pair
is carefully chosen and great care is taken in the process. In addition to medical testing, the adult dogs are usually "proven" by gaining titles in
dog shows or in the working fields (in the case of herders, for example). The puppies are raised inside the home, or in immaculate kennels and fed
high-quality food. The new "parents" are screened and there is usually a contract with the sale, stating that the breeder will take the dog back,
should there be any medical issues and prohibiting the new owner from breeding the dogs (in the case of a companion pet).
My dogs have come from a reputable breeder in Oregon. I can look online and see the condition of the hips of my dogs' parents and their whole lineage
from Germany. I can also see the titles their parents have won.
Here are my dogs:
Here is their father:
Wotan v. TeMar
And on the page of his Progeny, you'll find both my dogs (Velma and Rajaia) and links to their mothers.
My point is that you cannot just group all "purebred dogs" into a group and make judgments about them. Yes, there are too many dogs and people
irresponsibly breed them willy-nilly, but that doesn't mean that it has to be that way. Dogs can and are bred healthily and carefully, and anyone who
is looking for a puppy should research the breed for a year ahead of time (as I did) and find out the medical issues in the breed and then find a
good, reputable breeder who tests the adults, and SEE the test results.
Hope that clears up my position.