In a message dated 12/4/1999 11:10:08 AM EST, CurtAdams@aol.com writes:
<< The problem, as discussed recently in the Atlantic, is
that dog breeders became racist about 100 years ago and changed the definition of each breed from "dogs with certain characteristics" to "dogs descended from particular pedigrees". This stopped crossbreeding and as a result of that plus breeding show dog winners all breeds have become highly inbred. Dogs, like us, take poorly to inbreeding and so they're getting sick.
If we threw out pedigrees the problem would go away in a decade or so. >>
Interesting. Thanks for the information.