The title of this blog is an interesting question, when does a breed look like it is failing and that it's future is doubtful ? What you have to look at is the breeds population and most importantly the breeds breeding population. Often a breed can look healthy in the fact that it seems to be well populated, but all to often when you scratch below the service of a breed and break down its breeding population, things start to look less rosy.
Recently the Kennel Club (KC) published a list of what it considers vulnerable native breeds. Breeds that made this list have 300 or less pups registered each year in the UK. Now to understand how small is to small for a breed I found this very good article Vulnerable breeds: how small is too small?
If you click on the link above and read the article on 'The Institute of Canine Biology' website, it gives a very good explanation about effective population in genetically managed populations and also subsequently makes a very sound reason for why monogamy is not only a moral choice, but actually a very sound genetic choice. Lol
Now for something that made me go, "Kapow !" and has nothing to do with dogs. A couple weeks ago in a local supermarket I was perusing the entertainment aisle, I spotted it, a rough diamond glinting out amongst all the polished shit on the CD shelves. I've been wanting to get hold of a bit of this persons work for a while and could not believe my luck when I got twenty-one tracks of his work for just £3. Everytime I listen to the CD I feel I've robbed the man.
If you have never had the pleasure of listening to Seasick Steve and like the blues you won't come away disappointed.
Every track gets you tapping a foot or hand, especially brilliant is the last track 'Dark', the lyrics are simple as are all his tracks but my, are they direct and effective in conveying meaning, and when he breaks into the haunting Native American chanting, you feel the pain and the moving forward from it. When I was having my first child a family member told me, "Don't let the pain control you." The 'Dark' sounds like he learnt to control that pain.
If you get the lyric, 'I started of with nothin and I still got most of it left', then Seasick Steve may be worth a listen, but if you don't get that lyric, you may of started off with to much and are trying to get a whole lot more. Good luck with that one and maybe give Seasick Steve a miss. Lol
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me with Bumble and Blottie, waiting patiently to be unleashed, November 2018
Hello, I am Jane, you might of guessed, I love dogs. We are situated in the North Devon countryside, England, United Kingdom. Our home is occupied by my husband, David, our children, pack of dogs and me.