This weekend’s Cruft’s event crowned a walking topiary as its “Best in Show”. Unfortunately, combining the extreme breeding and grooming, the winner was more human concoction than canine exemplar.
It’s generally recognized in the canine world that “mutts” have a number of superior qualities to purebreds including health and intelligence. Just as common knowledge is the knowledge that “purebred” is increasingly a liability in breeding cruelly and deliberately malformed animals. Embracing the failure of purity makes for a better pet and more humane breeding.
Dogs love humans unconditionally, so it seems only appropriate for humans to do the same in return. Like Walle, the ‘best in show’ at the ‘World’s Ugliest Dog’ contest.
- “It’s official — a humpback, duck waddle and huge head are a winning combination. Walle, a mutt, won the top prize in the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest. The precious pooch, who is a mix of beagle, basset hound and boxer breeds, won over the crowd with his hind leg stance, which demonstrated both his girth and large head. ‘People come up to me and say, ‘That dog is not right,’ but I love him,’ said owner Tammie Barbee, who adopted Walle when he was just three months old.”
For the most hysterical portrayal of some of doggie failures any mongrel lover will recognise, check out the series of posts on the “Helper Dog” and the “Simple Dog” in Hyperbole and a Half’s “Dogs Don’t Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving”.