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Parade Of Mutants by Culpeo-Fox Parade Of Mutants by Culpeo-Fox
... a.k.a dog breeds.

A good bunch of all existing dog breeds wouldn't be able to survive without man thanks to all their anomalies and genetic disorders as a result from incest for the sake of "pure breeding" (heck, some of those (like the English Bulldog) aren't even able to reproduce or give birth to their litters without help anymore. The thought alone is just disgraceful.)

Inspired by a pug that came across my way some time ago. It was rattling like crazy, a pity to look at. The owner's reaction? "OMG, Willy, usocute!"

God, why do they have to produce even more complete overbred cripples. I can't stand most dog breeds (or dogs in general) and seeing how batshit crazy people went with dog breeding doesn't make it any better (and WHY do you even have to continue this bullshit with cats, too? At first we only had these ugly persians and hideous hairless sphynx cats, now there are those so called munchkins and kangaroo cats. Just...don't. We fucked up the dogs and gold fishes already. And as always, it is the animals who suffer. For what. For "beauty"?)

If you happen to own a breed on the list above, please don't feel offended by that. I know that this could be a very delicate topic and i respect your opinions whatever these may be. Same goes for my opinions, though. And these would be: Health first. Then character. And THEN you can think of outer appearance (also: No. I'm not lumping all breeders of the world together here. There is more than black and white. Fact is, though, that some actually went way too far with pure breeding and standards as so many pitiful canine individuals show everyday.)

Speaking of the German Sherpherd:
The critter satirised here is the showdog version with that total overbred slanting butt/back. The working dog versions at least do have some normal anatomy...

Dog breeds had a purpose at one point in time and i'm totally fine with that. It's the show dogs i despise and where everything went overboard.

Great skull comparison:
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TigerKatie13 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015
Yes you're right completley.I've seen pictures of dogs that look simply very bad.I mean just look at the legs of a german shepherd!That's terrible!I had one myself but his back legs didn't look like his back are broken and he has to drag them!What people do for 'beauty'.
randomflyingpigeons Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for making a point about this. So many of these animals suffer health problems due to human selfishness. I watched a documentary about the deformities and health problems found in pedigree dogs and it changed my view of dog breeding significantly.
The-Cynical-Unicorn Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Student General Artist
I'm fine with breeding animals (I think of it as an art form combined with biology), but we must always consider the animals' health and comfort.
seleina-scorpio Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
i love dogs of all breeds, tho i do believe that this type of breeding should stop, that's why no matte the breed i only adopt from rescure shelters
horner735 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I happen to have a Basset hound and he's actually more durable than you might think.
We even lost him once i the woods for over a month and he found his own way home.
He lost a little weight but was completely fine. He even catches ground hogs and brings
them home completely by himself. I think thats what he lived off of.
Username-91 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I don't understand why do people make those breed look so ugly. German Shepherds are okay. Same goes for Gold/Silver retriever and Labrador. But mops or bulldog? :stare: They look like somebody smash them a hammer in a face. :facepalm:
Tara05 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Um, they're pets. They're not supposed to live on their own, so why does it matter if they aren't built to live on their own...?

There're only two things I dislike about dog breeding: Overbreeding to the point in which shelters are overcrowded and we have strays on the street and breeding dogs for aesthetics that give them real health problems. Like the short muzzle dogs that clearly have breathing issues, and the dogs who can't give birth without the help of humans due to their anatomy.
Bleachett Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Student General Artist
I work at a dog "day-care" place and come across so many breeds every day. This is a good point you bring up about breeding... I don't understand the appeal for a dog who has so many problems, and paying hundreds to continue the support of breeding these dogs. The situation with bull dogs, french bulldogs, pugs, etc makes me particularly sad. They live a lesser lifespan because of what humans have done. What really makes me angry is that this breeding still goes on despite the millions in shelters, or homeless strays without a place to live. It's so unfair to see these unloved dogs killed while people continue to support breeders. Extremely disappointing. 

But so yes, i really like these examples. It is important that people know about this. Another thing also I find horrible is ear cropping/taping. Disturbing, that I still see this happen, for beauty purposes. I don't want to imagine how painful this is for the dog. 

Another dog good for this picture would have been the "Rhodesian Ridgeback." People somehow find the excess fur in an opposite direction along their spine beautiful, and have bred them for this. This is actually a spine disorder of course, not really only the fur. Only about 1/4 of the dogs in this breed aren't born with this, but many are killed because they are not "qualified". In short, breeding is terrible. I can't stand the fact that it still happens. 
MuteKrocodil Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I don't mean to sound rude or nasty but,foxaboo much?
Scared2dream Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
I like it, a fresh satire on dog breeds whose domestication has gone overboard!
I've never viewed these brand of dogs as 'mutants' before, but it DOES hit the nail on the head. 
And after looking at your art, I can't argue with the term either. 
Nice job!
Chibipikagirl Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
kangaroo cat? oh good gosh what abomination is that?
StarfallenWolf Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is perfect.
Rainsig Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I don't understand who do people part breeds as 'show' and 'working' ones. It's stupid.
sioSIN Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
<font><font>ive thought same thing countless times....</font></font>
InuKura Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
Qualzucht mal auf den Punkt gebracht.
Tolles Bild!
Draconicat Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
This trend is seriously frightening.
Periit Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
PinesongWolf Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is so perfect. We have skewed the original design into selectively bred unhealthy furballs. The first german shepherds were wolf hybrids, with RIGID STRAIGHT backs and sturdy frames, as exhibited by the founding stud, Horand Von Grafrath.…
Ghost-Peacock Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Student General Artist
You're spot on when it comes to what people have done to get the dog breeds we have today. It's sad that we've bred animals that can not live in the wild, case in point my 10-year-old jack russel/chihuahua mix that could never learn to live on her own. Unfortunately I can never fully take a stand against showdogs, or mutants as you put it (I'm okay with calling them that, my grandfather does and he's a vet). Not just for my own dog's sake, but because I volunteer at an SPCA, where half the dogs I take care of are chihuahuas.

On a sorta related note, apparently there's a trend out here in the states to get pet fennec foxes, cause chihuahuas are to main stream I guess. What's you stance on that, if you have any at all of course?
Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm very skeptical when it comes to fennec foxes as pets. Unlike those russian red foxes which went through a domestication process over decades at least, these are still wild/sold as exotic pets (as far as i know. Please correct me if i'm misinformed about that one. In Germany there are no pet foxes let alone pet fennec foxes, so i can only read about that what the internet says). People often want to treat them like dogs or cats but these are nothing like that because for their lack of being domesticated and unlike an exotic reptile that can be "easily" kept in a tank, taking care of a wild mammal very often turns out to be pain in the ass for being what they are - wild things. I've seen several videos of pet fennec foxes and boy, these are some crazy energetic motherfuckers. :O

The best example i can give here is my own. Currently, i'm taking care of a wood pigeon which i found as a young nestling (fell out of its nest, parents nowhere to see, right next to a street) and while he was quite tame as a squab his personality made a 180 now where he is grown. He is nothing like a feral pigeon (i cared for those as well); while my feral pigeon would always come back to me and never lost his trust, the wood pigeon i have now turned super-shy, always trying to hack my fingers, always panicking when complete strangers approach, making a chaos of what i call my living room. If it wasn't for the coming winter i'd set him free instantly but as things are we have to wait until spring for him having the best chances in the wild (that said, him being so shy therefore is a very good thing). It is quite fascinating actually: You can see that he is yearning for outside with every feather and simply doesn't belong inside a household.

Of course, i know how tempting the thought of an exotic pet can be. Who of us doesn't dream of owning a shark instead of gold fish or a leopard instead of a cat (i always catch myself being all secretly jealousy of those broads from the roaring 20s where it was allowed to keep big cats as pets). But seriously, the reality is very disillusioning. I'd rather choose my cat who actually enjoys my company and is familiar with people, who is well-educated in terms of being social and housetrained than a wild thing that is more likely to destroy my nerves...and furniture. There might be exceptions of course, but still....
Ghost-Peacock Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm not sure if I can add anything else to that. That's basically is exactly how I feel. :nod:
Sihir-Wazi Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahahah amazing X,D
strong-1 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
I am glad you pointed out the flaw with modern German Shepherds, few people address that. 
Dragon-Titan Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm familiar with most of the health problems of those breeds, but I must admit, I'm not sure why you put the Bull Terrier on this list. Is there some significant health issues with that breed?
Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Professional General Artist…

Besides health, the Bull Terrier is just an example of how far the breeding process went. Right below the health paragraph there re two picture comparing the breed, what they used to look like and how they look nowadays. Of course, the skull of a bull terrier is not as catastrophic as the skull of a bulldog but is still a deformation.
MichiIsAlone Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bren57 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
I agree with you!!! Many of those breeds suffer from horrible deformations D: still don't know why canine clubs consider that beautiful
Funny picture tho 
Love it!!

Sheather888 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The "derp" is hilarious. xD

Their expressions are awesome.

"hurr" xD
Koshehage Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love at the end. Just. "Derp."
skullyninja992 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is fantastic. Lovin' the humor of it. xD
CreatureGirl Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
Don't feel like you need to ask for people not to be offended. People will get miffy no matter what. Own up to it. I like the look of quite a few animals that have no reason to look/be shaped the way they are except for "visual appeal" and you know what? I'm appalled at the same time! Just because someone likes the look doesn't justify their existence, me included. You know what happened when someone allowed a German Shepard dog male to jump a female chihuahua? (Don't ask me how that was done.) She, POPPED! Idiot lost the dog because the developing puppies ruptured her insides and they all died, the end. That's an example of 'just because you can, doesn't mean its right or should be done'.

Great anatomical drawings by the way.
Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
'just because you can, doesn't mean its right or should be done'.

This. This exactly.
Just lately i had a similar discussion which would totally lead back to that. Stuff like amputating claws from house cats, crossbreeding between two complete different constrictor snake species, the rising trend of dwarf cats and i just don't get how some people can be so blind in such matters.
JessieShadowhold Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah... it's totally true, isn't it? I mean, I like my sheep dog, but as a corgi, he is a little impractical if he were to try and survive in the wild. Even if he is really effective as a sheep herder.
Aestera Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
In middle school and high school, I showed two of my dogs in Junior Showmanship and AKC Conformation. While the dog show world is littered with irresponsibility and selfishness, there is some good in it. My family recently purchased a conformation-type English Springer Spaniel from a reputable breeder. As you may know, English Springers are commonly affected by genetic disorders such as progressive retinal atrophy, phosphofructokinase, and hip dysplasia. Fortunately for this breed, all three of these "most serious" disorders must be tested for before the dogs are bred. The show names for the respective dogs are then registered in a database, allowing anyone to access the test results. This way, the breeders are working to rid the breed of these diseases.
CoreyCorgi Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
Omg what the hell is that dog next to the bull terrier? :P it looks one of those fluffy cushions;)
Aestera Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
That is either a Puli or a Komondor.
Blinklight Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I honestly have to disagree, I have a friend whose family are all breeders, and genetic diseases are not as common as they are painted. I honestly think that the best we can do is finding balance between health and beauty and regulating breeding in more strict parameters. 
FeathersAndInk Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
I know this is an old comment but i have to say, I'm a dog groomer and I can easily say they are, as I see a much higher amount of dogs of varying breeders and backrounds and all that nonsense than a breeder, who sees only their dogs, and not very often throughout their entire life.

Some breeders are good breeders and check to make sure their stock either isn't related, or if it is, doesn't have similar illnesses so that such illness are NOT guaranteed in their pups. Not all breeders do this. Some breeders are just like "this dog is a good show color and that dog is a good show color LETS BREED THEM!!!" with no other checks.
Blinklight Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yeah like, honestly I don't know much either, I'm just trying to find some balance in this debate since it's a very complicated subject and I find that calling these dogs mutants is kinda extreme. 

But yeah like, I'm speaking from personal experience and I'm pretty sure you are as well so I think what you have said is valid as well. 
CarolinaLang Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Well if you compare it to their ancestors, they are mutants. 
On a breeder note, most breeders I've spoken to encourage line-breeding, which I find disgusting. Breeding a certain breed, ie. border collie, is fine if you outsource the parents from loads of different places. Then you can at least try to maintain genetic diversity. The amount of dogs I've seen which had to be euthanised early due to inherit health problems is appalling.

On a side note, my dogs have been rearing a litter. The father is papered, the mother is not. I have genuinely no problem with that because all the dogs are going to decent homes, and the bitch was sourced interstate, the male mostly from my homestate (in heritage). Such fuss about 'backyard breeders' - imo, plenty of registered breeders are just as bad. 
Arceus55 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bull Terriers aren't weird. :/
PineRain Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Poor wolf!
soundofsilver Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This made my day. Thank you!
TangleskyAndCo Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I own a corgi. He is the cutest, sweetest animal on the earth. He was, naturally, an inbred dog like most welsh corgis. His tail was cut off at a young age. Due to the short legs he was born with, he now can only walk with a wheelchair, and without it he drags his hind legs behind him. His joints are ruined, he has arthritis, and there might be cancer in his hips. I can't blame the cancer on the breeding, but everything else I sure can.
Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
It pains my heart to read this. I can't say how sorry i am for you (and your dog). That also is a tragic point of the whole thing - many people don't even know about the problems inbreeding is causing and how ill the dog breeds are that they're chosing. The whole suffering reveals years later then, when the dogs became loved family members to the owners already - what makes their suffering even harder to take.
TangleskyAndCo Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much. 

What upsets me the most is the people that hate certain breeds of dogs because of what their owners do. Pit bulls for example. The same ignorant people that are terrified of a dog they'll probably never see in person, wish it death? It's just ridiculous to me.
Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
You know, the problem always is the other end of the leash. People are the ones that turn dogs into killing machines and they also are what turn dogs into crippled mutants. And i'm sure that there are even more dog-related problems that need to be fixed somehow.
Bugerman101 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This has alot of things i agree and disagree with. all dog breeds have some sort of working purpose. even it is extremely wacky or useless. other than modern designer breeds (labradoodle pikapoo ect) all of them do. and as fore inbreeding, most purebreds ARE inbred between father and daughter. its the only way to get 100% of a  blood line. and most wild wolfs do it as well. 90% percent of show dogs are inbred
Aestera Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
In all of my time showing dogs, I have never known a breeder to inbreed between a direct relative. The closest I've seen is 2nd cousins.
Bugerman101 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Think abut it though, in the wild (and not just with wolves) theres no one to keep them from interbreeding. so it has to happen
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