Listing Detail Tabs

Delivery takes approximately 4-7 business days.

This title is In Stock in the Booktopia Distribution Centre. We will send you a confirmation email with a Tracking Code to follow the progress of your parcel when it ships.

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
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...

Returns Policy:
30-day money back guarantee for return if the item is not as described, is damaged or is faulty. We do not offer a refund if you change your mind.

Customs Charges & Duties:
Orders over the value of $270 will be liable for customs charges, taxes including GST and brokerage costs which are the recipient's sole responsibility.
There were no answered questions or comments placed on this listing.
Your question and answer privileges have been disabled.
You must log in to view questions and answers on this listing. We recommend reading questions before you make any purchases.
You must log in to ask or answer questions posted. We recommend reading questions before you make any purchases. Available only to approved bidders. You must be an authenticated member to ask questions Find out more about becoming authenticated. Your account is in debt Your current account balance is You must credit your account to use this feature.
Firearms licence #
Firearms licence holder name
First name is required
Last name is required
Your current account balance is Please note you will lose your question and answer privileges if your account is in debt for more than 2 weeks. Credit your account.
I confirm that I am over 18 years old.
To prevent your personal details being misused please do not put emails or phone numbers in questions. Failure to comply may result in the suspension of your account. The seller cannot add a Buy Now price once bidding has started.

Shipping options

  • Free shipping within New Zealand  
  • Store does not allow pick-ups
  • Store location: Australia

Payment options

Pay Now includes:

Buyer Protection This item is eligible for buyer protection Learn More