^Fashion, & stuff the consequences, just like dog breeding. Look at some of the severely deformed and compromised(health & soundness-wise) breeds, like dachshunds, bull dogs, show line GSD's, mastiffs... and yet look at the healthy versions the breed was back when they were bred for *use* not just exaggerated looks.
A friend of mine really wanted a neopolitan mastiff. She looked into it pretty thoroughly, esp as they are exxy dogs to buy, feed, vet etc too. She found that of the breeders that were available in Oz, she could choose a dog that was bred for good temperament OR a dog who was bred for soundness. Sad to say (for the dog/market she helped perpetuate & I thought she knew/cared better) she chose a dog. Because she had young kids at the time, she chose one for temperament. Poor boy did it hard as a puppy, but she said he'd be OK once he was through his 'growing pains' & that was normal for giant breeds & they had to be fed carefully to avoid 'growing them up' too quickly & causing DOD's(like for horses). Know for a fact she did take him to the vet a number of times & that's the story the vet told too. Once he was mostly grown, from around 1.5 years, he had a good year or so, except for his eyes which had chronically infected tear ducts, and skin allergies & infections that he'd get in all the folds. He was a good guard dog, but often barked & growled at the kids, and her young daughter was scared of him, although he lived in the house. Then by the time he was around 3yo he was chronically lame again, and his attitude(probably due to pain) went seriously downhill. I turned up one day with the kids & chose not to get out of the car with them, as he was barking & snarling at us in the car. She spent an awful lot at the vet for that dog too & ended up putting him out of his misery around 5yo.
Last edited by loosie; 08-11-2020 at 01:17 AM.