This is a pretty good overview of why breed standards and dog shows can get fucked. The amount of health issues being selectively bred into dogs is insane.
Look at this shit:
These are German Shepherds from the 1930s.
This is what the “breed standard” looks like today.
One such common ailment is hip and elbow dysplasia which may lead to the dog experiencing pain in later life and may cause arthritis. A study conducted by the University of Zurich found that 45% of the police working dogs were affected by degenerative spinal stenosis, although the sample studied was small. The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals found that 19.1% of German Shepherd are affected by hip dysplasia.
And it’s not just German Shepherd. All sort of dogs get selectively bred for all kinds of bullshit cosmetic reasons. Look at brachycephalic dogs like Boxers and all of their health issues.
Fuck dog shows and show breeders so hard. This kind of bullshit is a relic of the 19th century, and if it’s going to be kept around, then we should bring back eugenics as well so we can weed out the kind of dipshits that do this sort of thing.