Originally Posted by tokala
It is unfortunate that we do this with all domestic animals :( Like pug/bull dogs with sinus issues, french bull dogs cant even give natural birth any more since their hips are so narrow. Paint horses with such upright pasterns that they get navicular so easily. the list is endless. Although not every animal has a hard or bad life, it still makes you think. We still have a responsibility to the animals well being- perhaps we are selfish for breeding them for these traits.
That being said, I can see why they do it (feather tail)- they look stunning IMO. And as long as it produces a trait that others like, I doubt it will go away.
Actually, it is english bull dogs who cannot give birth. They always need a c-section. French bulldogs are too top heavy to mate on their own... they have slightly difficult births but it is still heard of for natural births...
Arabians are being so badly inbred, I knew one who was a top show horse whose insides were unable to stay properly in their place. Sad, right? Therefore they sutured everything to his sides.... ouch :S