A Matter of Breeding: A Biting History of Pedigree Dogs and How the Quest for Status Has Harmed Man’s Best Friend

by Michael Brandow

A provocative look at the “cult of pedigree” and an entertaining social history of purebred dogsSo-called “purebreds” are the mainstay of the dog industry, and expert Michael Brandow argues that these aren’t markers of time-honored traditions but rather commercial inventions of the nineteenth century that were marketed as status symbols to a growing middleclass.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.06 out of 5
  • Published February 3rd 2015 by Beacon Hill Press
  • ISBN: 080703343X (ISBN13: 9780807033432)
  • Edition Language: English

A provocative look at the “cult of pedigree” and an entertaining social history of purebred dogsSo-called “purebreds” are the mainstay of the dog industry, and expert Michael Brandow argues that these aren’t markers of time-honored traditions but rather commercial inventions of the nineteenth century that were marketed as status symbols to a growing middle class. Combining social history and consumer studies with sharp commentary, this book reveals the sordid history of the dog industry and shows how our brand-name pets pay the price with devastatingly poor health.