Three years ago the BBC ran a documentary on the harm being inflicted on dogs due to pedigree dog breeding, even by supposedly reputable breeders of champion show dogs. Cockers weren't mentioned, but in particular they highlighed GSDs, King Charles Cavaliers, and flat faced dogs like pugs which are bred so flat faced now that they need operations to breathe or c-sections to whelp. Because of their documentary, the showing of Crufts has been removed from BBC programming for the past few years.
This week, the BBC ran a follow-up to see if any strides have been made to improve the health and fitness of pedigree dogs. Their answer was largely not, that really many dog breeds have become mutants which are suffering agonizingly in health and leading vastly shortened lives due to breeders breeding for the exaggerations desirable in their breed standard out of limited or compromised gene pools. They suggested that some breeds should be thrown out altogether and newly bred from scratch as they've declined so much in health or fitness for purpose from original standards which were usually for working. The documentary has been very controversial amongst breeeders and the public in the UK, but it's very interesting all the same and makes you think twice about pedigree dog breeding. Probably most people in the US won't be able to access the latest documentary on first link below, but you should be able to see the one from 3 years ago which has been posted on YouTube in several segments (part 1 in second link below). Probably the new documentary will come on Youtube at some point..http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0 ... _Years_On/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3O0l0f50AAk