Short Rant on How the AKC is Fucking up Entire Breeds

So we’re settling in here and with the chickens (an Spring!) on it’s way we’ve decided to start our search for our perfect farm dog. We’re looking for something energetic, loyal, and able to carry out routine farm jobs. After ruling out a few other favored breeds we settled on the Giant Schnauzer, a large formidable protection dog that started it’s long history on the farm. The next step was to find a breeder. Now, I am extremely cautious of “show” breeders because I have seen them do some pretty bad things to dog breeds before like Dobermans in the 70’s. The top winning show Doberman in those days was a real breath taker, so much so people paid thousands for him to sire litters and he had probably several thousand offspring. Unfortunately for the breed he passed on not only his good looks but his completely unpredictable temperament. Dobermans overnight went from just another dog breed to being something feared in all the movies and press. This was not a coincidence! And Giant Schnauzers also being a protection breed I wanted to make damn sure that the FIRST thing my breeder was concentrating on was a stable temperament, not how pretty the dog is supposed to be!

I started my search for a breeder, having tragically lost the contact info of the one woman who fit my bill! She was nowhere to be found, all I found was show breeders, and I couldn’t help but notice their dogs were flawed. Their backs were slanted, their legs were thrust at an unnatural angle, they seemed to following the dead-end route that american-bred German Shepherds are following. This might not seem like anything until you realize this negatively alters the way these animals move. It basically replaces the wonderful utilitarian working function of these dogs and replaces it with someone’s idea of beauty. Here a “showy” black giant schnauzer stands with a sloping back and ankles thrust way out behind him. Beside him is a more utilitarian-looking (more functional!) pepper and salt specimen with a straight back and far less angled legs.

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The differences aren’t that extreme…. yet, but I cannot, will not, support this kind of breeding because I know where it ends up. It ends up with crippled dogs. How do I know? Because this is what they have done to German Shepherds! Once a proud, extremely capable animal they have reduced it to having “frog legs” that wobble from side to side and cause it’s gait to be so messed up that it becomes abundantly clear this animal would never survive doing a job of any kind besides prancing around a show ring. To illustrates my point this is a photo of a German Shepherd in 1930. Notice how agile and functional he looks with a straight back and legs! Next to him a show dog of today, it’s back legs so close to the ground it can barely move..

1930sGSD slopedGSD

If you’re wondering what the logical conclusion to this is well here’s another photo that capture this near-crippled dog’s movement…

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Does that look like “fluid movement” to you?! This dog could not fend off a predator if it’s life depended on it! This “working dog” has been reduced to being only able to eat and breed (which I guess is better than a bulldog which relies on C-sections but still!) Not to sound crass but if this dog were a chicken he’d be slaughtered, eaten, and never spoken of again, as would his line.

I know what you’re probably thinking, “But the Giant Schnauzers don’t look THAT bad….” Oh yes, but they will if someone like me keeps buying puppies with slanted backs. The problem will get worse, not to mention I don’t want any slanting because this is a breed (like shepherds) who have issues with hip dysplasia. Let’s not knowingly up the odds of that happening, shall we?

I’ve been told European breeders put a high price on the function of the Giant Schnauzers. In fact in some countries they can’t even be shown in the ring if they fail to pass shutzhound training. That’s pretty extreme, but in the right direction! I like this, considering I want a utilitarian farm dog. I don’t have the dough to ship in European lines (not to mention I have no desire to breed dogs so this would be sort of… weird, on top of being expensive.)  So I will have to look around and hope I find a European breeder here in the US or someone who shares their ideals. If anyone has any tips do let me know…

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