Today, we commence with a whole new chapter in our discussions on the well-being of our companion animals.  Sex and reproduction in our dogs and cats (the pets people mostly keep) would have been manipulated since the day man decided that he wanted to promote specific traits in the animals he has desired to share his home with.  This manipulation of the reproduction system in order to derive specific characteristics in the offspring is an easy definition of breeding.

The wild ancestors of dogs lived their social lives in packs. Humankind took these animals and made them into beings which share our household and which can’t even greet and get along with each other well any more. This is especially true if a dog lives in a house with friendly humans and is isolated from members of his own species.  …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.

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