Some of the Most F*%#ed-Up Family Trees From Last Year’s Crufts Winners

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We took a look through the family trees of some of the dogs who won “best of breed” prizes at last year’s Crufts. Here’s what we found.

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Supporters protest in Birmingham about inbreeding among pedigree dogs ahead of this year’s Crufts.

We knew that inbreeding was rampant in the pedigree dog world, where “purity” of bloodlines is valued above animals’ health. But even we were surprised by the amount of incest we found in the recent histories of these animals whom the Kennel Club judges to be model examples of their breeds.

1. “My grandfather is also my uncle.”
– Marbelton What a Guy at Zobear, pug

This “champion” doesn’t just have an unusual name – he also has a very close family.

Inbreeding makes pugs like What a Guy likely to suffer from severe breathing problems because of their squashed-in faces. It’s actually considered “routine” to perform surgery on these dogs to clear their blocked airways. Their wrinkled skin often harbours painful infections, while their bulging eyes are prone to injuries and ulcers.


2. “My grandmothers are cousins, and my daddy and granddad are half-brothers.”
– Samhaven Wired for Sound, collie (rough)

There is a tangled knot at the centre of this dog’s pedigree – and it’s bad news for her gene pool.

Ninety-five per cent of purebred collies like Wired for Sound have or carry the genes for an eye disease called “collie eye anomaly”, and they’re also prone to cataracts, skin problems and autoimmune diseases. What’s more, they’re one of the breeds most likely to develop bloat, a terrifying condition in which their stomach swells and becomes twisted, often causing death within hours or even minutes.


3. “My mum was conceived when her mum had sex with her brother.”
– Gunalt De Ice at Stridview, Weimaraner

We’re more than a little disturbed by some of the goings-on in this dog’s immediate family.

Weimaraners like Gunalt are often born with deformed hip sockets, or “hip dysplasia”, which can cause crippling pain and lameness throughout their lives. Bone disease, cancer and bloat are just a few of the other conditions that humans’ obsession with breeding inflicts on these dogs.


4. “My dad was conceived when my granddad had sex with his granddaughter.”
– Edglonian Singing the Blues, Shetland sheepdog

Yes, this would most certainly be illegal if they were human.

Shelties like Singing the Blues are at risk of some seriously nasty illnesses, including von Willebrand disease – a blood-clotting disorder that can cause excessive bleeding – as well as epilepsy and Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease, which causes the disintegration of the hip joint.

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Dig back into pretty much any “purebred” dog’s family tree, and you’ll discover similar patterns: creepy incestuous relationships and an unhealthily tiny gene pool. With such a lack of genetic diversity, it’s not surprising that so many pedigree dogs suffer from debilitating inherited diseases and usually die young.

Crufts and the organisation behind it, the Kennel Club, give these sickly dogs prizes and encourage breeders to create more animals just like them – often by breeding from the same “champion” dog over and over again.

Dogs don’t need a fancy pedigree to be beautiful. Please don’t buy into “breedism” – boycott breeders, and don’t tune in to Crufts this year.

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  • Margaret Howad commented on March 10, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    This in-breeding is immoral and cruel and ought to be banned.

    • Zerda Barlow commented on May 21, 2016 at 11:57 am

      I will NEVER get a pedigree dog,
      there should be a control body over Ctrufts to prevent this abuse of dogs. whe are dreeding dogs purposely that go blind, have tov an ey removed, cannot breathe, their noses are so deformed ad that go lame after a mere two or three years of life

  • Fred Litten commented on March 10, 2016 at 9:16 pm


  • Christiane commented on March 11, 2016 at 3:32 am

    Very common, unfair on the animals who suffer for their breeders actions

  • Julie Ansell commented on March 11, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    I must admit to being very disappointed with Clare Balding who claims to be an animal lover being involved in presenting Crufts last year. She also has her own pure bred dog. Someone in her position has the power to influence and educate so many people about the immorality of breeding and showing dogs, she should put her fame to good use and follow the example of the likes of Ricky Gervais and Will Young (Supporters of Soi Dog Rescue in Thailand).

  • Keith Clare commented on March 11, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Crufts promoting suffering and cruelty.

  • Mandy commented on March 12, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    I know one of these dogs personally, don’t know where you got this information but it is wrong and should be removed.

    • not interested commented on March 15, 2016 at 11:34 am

      Half the information on these kind of articles is wrong! Just annoys me actually. Like all the crap I have been reading about the owner of the GSD who won Crufts subjecting it to cruelty…..completely unfair statement!

  • Amanda Hood-Gater commented on March 13, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    We should adopt rescue dogs rather than buying expensive sick purebred dogs. My rescue is beautiful, intelligent and healthy. She is great at agility and Flyball and I love her to bits

  • nicola commented on March 13, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    What a lot of crap !!! I know the owner of What a Guy and the is very fit and healthy, has a very happy life. I own 2 pugs and yes like every pedigree dog or any dog for that matter or if you want to go down this road humans have health problems !!! I hope the owner takes leagal action against you for falsly stating that Mr Darcy has health problems !!!

  • angela commented on March 16, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    The information on this article is incorrect – for example Collies in the UK very very rarely suffer from bloat, it is American/Canadian Collies that suffer from this condition and are no more prone than any other dog.

    Why do people think that buying a cross breed is better, they are likely to inherit genetic problems from both sets of parents and as different breeds have different problems, a cross breed would suffer from the conditions of both parents.

  • Karen Boyce commented on March 16, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Err I find this attack on inbreeding a bit odd. How do you think it works in the wild? The pack inbreeding will be significant. Inbreeding isn’t an immense problem if all the animals are healthy. Trying cross breeding two unrelated animals that aren’t healthy and you will get sick and deformed off spring. This distracts from the need to simply breed healthy animals of good body and temperament.

  • Nigel commented on March 17, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Nome of the disease mentioned with the exception of CEA correspond to the the correct breed of dog. As for the inbred in they must have gone way back in some of these pedigrees as this close would not be allowed to be registered under kc guidelines.

  • Jan commented on March 17, 2016 at 7:52 am

    I’m a veterinary technician, and want to say that not all dog and cat breeders use inbred techniques. It’s unfortunate that some breeders care only for the high prices that their show winners’ progeny produce; they are the ones corrupting the name ‘breeder.’ I know many breeders who take extreme care that incest never happens, and care more for perpetuating the wonderful characteristics of each breed by outcrossing to unrelated same-breeds. Yes, it takes longer to achieve that ‘champion’ this way, but it’s exactly that challenge that great breeders accept. It broadens the gene pool, and reduces or eliminates inherent health ‘malfunctions.’ They work to improve the breed, not weaken it. What really needs to be done is the Show rules needs to be changed to eliminate ALL inbreeding, by accepting to Show only those animals whose pedigrees show no incest. There will always be unscrupulous breeders who will lie on such an entry form by corrupting the puppy or kitten registration forms, and once those breeders are found out (and they usually will be, eventually; breeders exist in a very small world where word spreads quickly), they should be forever forbidden to Show, and even to register their pups & kits. It will still always be ‘buyer beware’ when purchasing purebred animals, but that’s true of anything anyone buys anywhere. Eliminating breeding eliminates all the beautiful and wonderful variety found in purebreds. I know PETA want to eliminate all breeding, but I simply cannot agree, based on my experience.

  • Barb commented on July 31, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Crufts is for Greedy show-offs that care only for their own ego boost. They are uncompassionate, uncaring people who are in selft denial about the cruelty they encourage. Why donlt they have the intelligence to see their sin. Leave these poor animals to live a happy normal life. PLEASE

  • kaye wingham commented on October 7, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    The information is disturbing and must be a perverse expression of love by troubled people.

    Crufts and the like should be banned to encourage people who treat the vulnerable so to own a dog for responsible reasons; that of companionship, mutual love and respect.

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