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A Matter of Breeding
Author: Michael Brandlow

ISBN: 9780715651339
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 28 September 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.5 x 2.2
Description:
The provocative look at the 'cult of pedigree' and an eye-opening and entertaining social history of purebred dogs.

Why would anyone want a bulldog with a snout so deformed it can hardly breathe? What's so alluring about a retriever with a pedigree so hobbled by hip dysplasia that it can't even play fetch? What force is so powerful that it can compel people to go against all rationality and morality when selecting a pet? Why, good old-fashioned snobbery! In his social history A Matter of Breeding, Michael Brandow examines this peculiarly popular form of elitism.

Equal parts amusing and horrifying, his biting critique shows what outrageous lengths humans have gone to, moulding dogs into almost unimaginable shapes and sizes to increase their own social status. This obsession has had far-reaching consequences not only for our so-called best friend but also for us, as it preserves beliefs about racial purity and class that we're no longer supposed to have.

About the Author

Michael Brandow has a background in journalism, dog care, and co...

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