Britain’s Daily Telegraph has a report on the fight over “size zero” Dachshunds:
The Kennel Club has banned weigh-ins for the breed at Crufts in response to fears that owners were denying food and water to dogs in the hours before they were due on the scales. It has also relaxed the regulations for other shows, leaving it to individual judges to choose whether to hold a weigh-in or not.
It recommends that bowls of water be provided to prevent the dogs from dehydrating but critics say this has done nothing to stop the problem.
“This is Size Zero for dogs,” said Jemima Harrison, producer of a BBC documentary which in 2008 exposed breeding techniques which led to genetic illnesses that affect pedigree dogs.
“I am inundated with owners and judges who say they are seeing dehydrated or malnourished dogs on the scales, all for the sake of a rosette. It sounds funny to think of dogs having the same issues as fashion models but it is a serious welfare issue.
“For these owners it is all about winning and nothing else.”
Andrew Brace, a show judge writing in Dog World magazine, said three quarters of the of the Miniature Dacshunds at a recent championship in Bridgend, Wales, were “far too thin for their frames”.
He wrote: “I am well aware of the strength of feeling of the Miniature people about the need to maintain the scales, but I believe that this is not helping the breed one bit.”
The row in the highly political pedigree breeding community threatens to reopen the debate over cruelty to dogs at Crufts.
According to Beverley Cuddy, editor of Dogs Today, it continues to be common practice to way miniature Dachshunds at shows other than Crufts.
More on bad dog show and kennel club practices from the Terrierman, who is like a terrier on this subject, as well he should be.