Yes, it’s true. Banana Joe is the child of forbidden love, at least when humans are concerned. When you can’t come up with the pedigree of a certain dog using a simple Google search, you know there is some sort of problem.
It wasn’t hard to pull his pedigree together and with regards to inbreeding, this is about as bad as it gets. A father to daughter mating results in an inbreeding coefficient (COI) of 25% i.e. there is a 1 in 4 chance a dog will inherit the same version of gene from the same dog that appears in both the sire’s and dam’s pedigree.
Inbreeding is commonly used by dog breeders to increase desirable traits and eliminate undesirable traits. Unfortunately, too much inbreeding leads to loss of genetic diversity and inbreeding depression.
Inbreeding depression is the result of poor genetic diversity in individuals. Inbred individuals are more likely to live shorter lives, have immune system disorders, have reproductive problems (small litter sizes, higher incidences of infant mortality & reduced sperm motility) and an increased risk of having genetic disorders.
High levels of inbreeding and dog shows seem to go hand in hand. Malachy, the Pekingese that won last year, has a COI of 14.9%. The Best Of Breed Collie last year had a COI of 16.4% AND his sire is both blind and deaf.
The UK Kennel club finally took a stand and banned dogs with a COI of 25% or more from being registered. The Swedish kennel took a stand in 2009. The Finnish Kennel club forbids close matings and discourages grandfather/granddaughter matings. The Fédération Cynologique Internationale recommends a COI of no greater than 6% for common breeds and no more than 10% for rare breeds. It’s time for the AKC to step up to the plate and do something meaningful.
Breeding a dog like Banana Joe isn’t about improving the breed, it’s about the ego of the breeders. It’s about winning ribbons and trophies and simply everyone just dying to be your new best friend. If they are so proud of Banana Joe, why isn’t his pedigree displayed on their website? Dog Fanciers are supposed to be the guardians of their respective breeds and not the cause of their demise. I found it rather hilarious that even after all the yappity yap the commentators made about Westminster being a show case for the only best dog breeders that *really* care about their dogs, the judge picks an inbred mutant with a pushed in face to be the winner. Oh, the irony…