A provocative look at the “cult of pedigree” and an entertaining social history of purebred dogs
Product Code: 5457
ISBN: 978-080703343-2
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
Published Date: 02/03/2015
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In this illuminating and entertaining social history, social critic Michael Brandow probes the “cult of pedigree” and traces the commercial rise of the purebred dog. Combining consumer studies with sharp commentary, A Matter of Breeding reveals the sordid history of the dog industry and shows how our brand-name pets—from Labs to French bulldogs and everything in between—pay the price with devastatingly poor health.
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Foreword by Dr. Marc Bekoff ix

Introduction 1

CHAPTER ONE The English Vice 10
CHAPTER TWO Perfectionists Gone Wild 31
CHAPTER THREE Royal Precedents and Ruff Drafts 53
CHAPTER FOUR Eugenics, You, and Fido Too 74
CHAPTER FIVE A Frickin’ Menagerie 103
CHAPTER SIX The Midas Touch 125
CHAPTER SEVEN Aristocracy for Sale 151
CHAPTER EIGHT Some Hunting Dogs 173
CHAPTER NINE Coming Home 200
CONCLUSION Frankenstein’s Lab 214

Acknowledgments 236
Notes 237
Index 262
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