Bulldogs are among several breeds that struggle to run, breathe, mate and give birth due to breeding for exaggerated features.
If you missed "Pedigree Dogs Exposed" last year--BBC’s hard-hitting look at the devastating cost of breeding for the show ring in Great Britain--it’s back. Through interviews with scientists, vets, historians, activists and representatives from the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), the documentary catalogs how many purebred dogs suffer severe illness, pain, discomfort, disability and deformities—including champions.
Difficult to watch at times, this thorough and unflinching documentary is a must-see for anyone concerned about the welfare of dogs—with plenty of lessons for us in the United States. In the meantime, you can read Beverly Cuddy’s story for Bark, The Cost of Perfection, about the documentary, online.
Pedigree Dogs Exposed premieres on BBC America Thursday, Dec. 10 at 8 and 11 p.m. ET/PT.