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Classic British dog breeds facing extinction

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Spare a thought for man's spurned best friends. Proud British pedigrees such as the Skye terrier, bloodhound and Dandie Dinmont are facing extinction -- rejected in favour of'It' breeds beloved of celebrities. A mere 28 Skye terriers were registered with the Kennel Club last year, along with 40 otterhounds, 53 bloodhounds, 49 Sussex spaniels and 84 King Charles spaniels. Such numbers are insufficient to protect their minuscule gene pools from inbred doom. Breeders believe a birth rate of 300 puppies a year is needed to guarantee a large enough pool for a healthy population.

Boy fined £500 for kicking dog to death in St Ives

BBC News

A 15-year-old boy has been fined £500 for punching and kicking a "much-loved" pet dog to death. The boy, who cannot be named, was 14 when the "prolonged attack" happened in St Ives, Cornwall on 31 October. He was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal last month after a two-day trial. The teenager has been banned from keeping animals for five years and ordered to pay £500 compensation. Are we tough enough on animal cruelty?

Man attacked by two pit bulls as he tries to save Jack Russell terrier in California

FOX News

A pit bull attack leaving both a man and his Jack Russell terrier severely injured was caught on camera. We want to warn you that some viewers might find the video hard to watch. The man who was viciously attacked by two pit bulls while trying to save his little dog spoke to FOX 11 about his terrifying ordeal. The incident happened on a dock at Catalina Island. The victim's daughter said her dad was walking his Jack Russell terrier when two un-leashed pit bulls attacked.

What breed is that pup? 'Pit bull' label may mean longer wait for shelter dogs.

Christian Science Monitor | Science

Today, March 23, is the 10th annual National Puppy Day. The unofficial holiday is intended to promote adoption of dogs from animal shelters rather than from breeders, but some shelter dogs face more challenges in adoption than others. Dogs labeled as pit bulls wait to be adopted more than three times as long as dogs that look the same but are labeled as a different breed, according to a new study published today in the journal PLOS ONE. Pit bulls are often stereotyped as aggressive dogs, and the dogs have been banned in some states and cities. The evidence that pit bulls, or any dog breed, is inherently ferocious has been shown to be faulty, but the reputation remains.

Porsche's 911 GT3 is a terrific tarmac terrier

Los Angeles Times

The manual transmission, too, will add to the engaged driving experience, and will be welcomed by purists who hated the fact that earlier GT3s didn't offer a manual transmission option at all. Porsche's press materials state that the stick shift is offered "at no extra charge," which is pretty funny considering car companies used to refer to manual transmissions as "standard," and charged extra for automatics.