No big surprises here, but PETA has already jumped on the Real Sports segment on dog showing. Even less surprising is the message that they took away:
You’ll definitely want to watch the full feature on HBO GO or HBO On Demand and share it with your family and friends, especially those who think they need to have purebreds. It will surely inspire many people always to adopt and never buy their future canine companions and to find something better to watch than contests that exploit “man’s best friend.”
As typical, PETA is using this as an opportunity to decree all purebred dogs as ‘bad news’. Let’s be realistic here. Not all breeders are bad. Not all purebred dogs are bad and not all dog sports are exploiting those who participate.
The answer is not to turn away from the sport nor is it to stop purchasing and breeding purebreds. That’s the simple extremist answer to a complex problem. The answer lies in taking a step back and bringing back a true mentality for health in breeding. We enjoy our purebred dogs not just because of a look (sure that’s part of it) but also because of what they can do. Breed function should be maintained and if we turn to an adoption only rescue model we’ll look the distinction we love so much in various breeds. Let’s not let the blind eye to bad practices and a few ‘bad apple’ breeders stand for all purebred dog owners, breeders and aficionados.