I love your blog. I have had a love for pugs since I was 8 and want one of my own badly, but apartment living comes with rules. In any case, I was just skimming through as usual and a question popped into my mind. What's your opinion on the MPRV movement in pug breeding? I think it's based in Germany. I looked into it a bit in the US and couldn't find a whole lot.
For those that don’t know, MPRV stands for Mops-Pekingesen-Rassehund-Verband. They are a German group that breeds to a new standard for Pugs and Pekinese that strives for the elongation of the face, eyes that are well set into the socket, a slightly larger frame, and they don’t inbreed. Their goal is to achieve a look similar to what these dogs looked like in the 1900’s and at the turn of the century. In doing this, the dogs will have improved breathing and less health issues.
I’ve done a bit of research on the MPRV group and I think they’re going a step in the right direction. There will always be a question of ethics surrounding dog breeding, and should humans really be playing God with these animals. But the MPRV’s main goal is to improve the health of these dogs, and I’m okay with that. Most of the negative opinions I’ve read on MPRV have been based solely on the fact that they (the people in disagreeance) would rather have a smushed faced pug with trouble breathing and a myriad of health issues than have a slightly larger pug with a slightly longer snout and less breathing issues and health problems.
What do you guys think about this? Would you like to see this movement become more prominent in the US?