This is Ch Eastonite Randy Andy who won Best of Breed at Crufts last week and it is incredibly depressing that we are still seeing Pugs like this being rewarded at the very highest level in the show-ring.
First up.... pinched nostrils and a squiff eye (strabismus) that is a result of the shallow eye sockets that are a feature of the breed (to the point that their eyes sometimes pop out).
Here's what the KC standard says re eyes.
So how did this dog win Best of Breed?
Perhaps eye tests should be mandatory not just for Pugs (they're not btw) but for Pug judges, too?
Second up, the Kennel Club database reveals just how inbred this dog is.
Let's consider that cousins would have a co-efficient of inbreeding (COI) of 6.25%
And that a grandfather/granddaughter mating would produce puppies with a COI of 12.25%.
And then look at this.
Why do breeders think it is OK to breed like this?
Surely I don't have to spell out the cost of inbreeding to this degree?
So have we seen any progress? Well sure... this dog was carrying a bit less weight than those in the past and he moved OK.
Oh, and we now have a Pug Health Scheme ... But it shows that 70% of Pugs that have been tested aged 3-7 are clinically affected with Brachycephalic Obstructed Airway Syndrome. Read that again... thousands and thousands and thousands of Pugs suffer from air-hunger.
Now on the main Pug Health website those results are only up to the end of 2017. Maybe things have improved since then? Well who knows... no one has bothered to update the results since then.
And I can't tell you if this particular dog has passed any breathing because it doesn't list the names of the dogs.*
In early February, the KC announced the launch of a new respiratory grading scheme for Pugs (and Bulldogs and Frenchies) which should mean the results will be made available. Unfortunately the KC hasn't actually bothered to update its website to reflect that this scheme is actually up and running.
These dogs suffer and the complacency stinks.
*The Northern Pug Club does list some health-test results here.