Pedigree Dogs Exposed was a BBC One investigative documentary, produced by Jemima Harrison, which looked into the health issues facing pedigree dogs in the United Kingdom.

The UK Kennel Club initially protested the documentary, claiming it was unfairly edited and inaccurate. Yet a few months later, they started making changes. They updated breed standards and launched the Fit for Life campaign so that "every dog should be bred to be fit enough to enjoy its life to the full." They will no longer register direct inbreeding (father/daughter, mother/son, or siblings) and have commissioned an independent investigation into pedigree dog breeding that will present its recommendations next year.

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Comment by Louie on June 4, 2012 at 9:39pm

Oh my Dog, this is heart breaking! I don't know if dog can actually sick this way!! I cannot watched it fully, to much pain for me.

But i still want to asked a little question. So what corgis dog weakness? Can we have them died of ages not because they sick?

Comment by Sandy Adams on April 4, 2012 at 11:23am

this is a problem here in the USA as well - and not just with dogs - it is a problem with the Arabian horses we have been breeding for decades on our own place - and we do not breed for the show ring crap, we breed horses who can cover 50 miles in 10 hours or jump a full course cleanly... and come home to be serene and healthy pets.

Comment by Amy & Rubi Rae on September 7, 2011 at 4:00pm

A great posting. As "purebred" owners and fans we may be inherently complicit if we don't ask questions about where our dogs came from and why they are shaped the way they are.   We love their cute bunny-butts and looong backs but the selection of extreme spinal shapes can be risky.  There is clearly a line that can be crossed and it would be difficult to know at what point to start speaking up.   

I do not agree that most breeders know not to breed dogs with defects.  Most breeders are not genetic experts and they do not have unlimited funds for genetic testing.  They are doing what they know w the information they have...it might simply be inadequate information.  People can do wrong things without any malice intended and I think that this is a great example.

Comment by Chezza on March 18, 2011 at 7:40am

I dont think every breeder should be dumped in the same boat as this one. My though is a dog with a defect should still be able to show in the show ring, but shouldn't be allowed to breed. I know when looking for my future doggy I looked for a breeder that did testing ahead of time their pets and made sure the hips and eyes were good. Most breeders know better not to breed dogs with defects. On another note the inbreeding I think is on the downfall. I haven't seen or hear of anyone doing this. Not saying it does happen but most people know better because it is KNOWN to cause problems.
As far as breeds changing over the years, yes, that's called evolution. Humans don't even look the same as they did 500 years ago. So there is bound to be some change.

All in all this program was good, but very one sided. Kind of reminded me of P.E.T.A. They are going to show nothing but the absolute worst condition and not focus at all on what is being done to improve the breeds and breed standards.

Comment by Stephanie on February 15, 2011 at 5:58pm
Just watched this - painful, enlightening and in many ways scary.
Comment by Lucy & Ricky-Rafa (Wendy/Jack ) on April 9, 2010 at 4:16pm
I can't watch this video is one sitting. It is too painful. But I will indeed watch it fully. Thanks for sharing this video. It is eye-opening.
Comment by Lucy & Ricky-Rafa (Wendy/Jack ) on April 9, 2010 at 2:03am
Apologies, Sam. I thanked you back in Feb. for posting this expose, but I realize now that I never actually read it. Sometimes I fly with blind faith, but I truly trust and love all of my Corgi breeders who work tirelessly for the breed and are lucky to break even. I need to see the video and realize that my breeders may be exceptional rather than usual. They are the ones that have been involved with truly bettering the breed and do it for the love of Corgis and not for the love of money. Judy Hart, for example, only breeds once a year. Her puppies were the ones I posted in the Easter basket. I would like to think that the US Corgi breeders are not part of this. I would also hope that some of the mycorgi.com soon-to-be breeders spend more years with Corgis before trying to "better" the breed. I don't believe that loving Corgis for 10 years, doing "research" and now owning one make them better experts than the breeders that put together the standard. Clearly, this has been a thorny subject. But I have to hope that any subject that promotes discussion betters the breed. I just worry that first time Corgi owners may read comments by mycorgi.com "experts" and not take the time to read the books published by real Corgi experts.
Comment by Katy on February 26, 2010 at 3:06pm
I feel so bad for those GSDs, really sad after watching this.
Comment by Lucy & Ricky-Rafa (Wendy/Jack ) on February 19, 2010 at 4:34pm
Thanks for posting this. I've had rescue corgis and also purchased corgis from reputable breeders that I have followed through the years. I acknowledge these breeders when appropriate because they are so dedicated and have been so good for the breed.
Comment by Mary on February 18, 2010 at 1:52am
Thanks for posting this Sam. It just shows how important it is to do your own research and be careful! It is quite sad, I remember reading something on the Bull terrier and how breeding has led to a high percentage of them possessing obsessive behaviors.

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