Anonymous said: Since you're against dog breeds going against, what would you do with the pug? How would you go about fixing the breed?
I’ve posted about pugs in the past, including my own lil dude, and photos of what I would like pugs to move towards. I fully support the retromop movement towards better standards, and while I am generally against heavy government regulation on dogs and specifically breeding, I do support anti-torture-breeding laws such as the qualzucht laws present in some places, because the physiology proves it is necessary if these animals are to live comfortable, normal lives. On this, we have a scientifically proven issue to respond to, not speculation, and that is great for a start.
Pugs need an overhaul on their standard itself and the retro breeders are putting out mission statements to that effect. They want longer muzzles that are more similar to a boxer than today’s faceless pugs. Longer necks, eyes that are set further into the head instead of protruding out in various directions, a lack of intense over-the-nose roll, and longer legs. The ultimate goal is a dog without inherited genetic disorders due to standard and significantly lower disorders overall (this encompasses brachycephaly and eye disorders and things like hemivertebre, patellar luxation, hip dysplasia). You can find a little more info at qualzucht-hund.de (translate to English). Pugs also need a lower coefficient of inbreeding, so breeders need to address this as well to keep these retro pugs in check on that front. If that means outcrossing, breeders and fanciers need to jump that hurdle and stop throwing around the blood purity spiel.
They have such awesome personalities, it’s easy to understand why, all health aside, people want to own them. But that’s just not en excuse and it’s not enough to save all of these poor individuals suffering from horrible deformities that we’ve decided are cute. For now, people are going to continue to buy pugs; others are going to continue to buy pug mixes in hopes of getting a pug-sona with better health. Neither of these addresses the problems, so we just have to educate people. They want cold hard facts, and luckily, we have that to give to them. If it doesn’t sway a pug fancier (and it often doesn’t), what can you do? Just keep on keeping on. This goes for pugs„ pekingese, English bulldogs, French bulldogs, Scottish folds, cavalier king charles spaniels, munchkin cats, and on and on into pretty much any animal we keep in captivity and develop a supply/demand for based on looks and certain cute features. People are drawn so often to specific things that are odd or look cool or cute, and all too often those characteristics are horribly unhealthy; we have got to keep our selective breeding powers in check because we’re causing a great deal of completely unnecessary suffering to feed our own egos.
It would be nice if brachycephaly-obsession would go away completely, but it won’t. We can at least deal with these extremes, though.