|Danny the Peke|
After the film, the Pekingese was the breed that the Kennel Club was the first to act on. It changed the breed standard in order to encourage breeders to return the dog to something more like the Pekes of old - ie, less coat and more muzzle.
|100 years ago... a Peke from 1911|
Now it is certainly true that some Pekes with very flat faces can breathe much better than others. But that is surely due to the variation in the amount of bunched-up tissue inside blocking the airways - something that is never going to be controlled by a single gene for which a DNA test can be developed.
It is hard not to see this as a ridiculous time-and-money wasting exercise so hopefully it won't take too long for the researchers to conclude that this is not the way to go.
A much better initiative from the Peke clubs is a new health survey - UK based, but open to all Pekes, wherever on the planet they may be. Here's a chance for Peke owners to really help the breed by establishing what the main health issues are.
If you have a Peke, please take a moment to fill in a simple online survey form here.
And spread the word on the Peke lists and forums.
The survey closes February 15th, so be quick!