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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CONTENTS

Foreword by Dr. Marc Bekoff

Introduction

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

Acknowledgments
Notes
Index
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