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"Designer Dogs" Creates Disaster for Caucasian breed
Increased rescue, dead dogs, denial of vet care, breed ban fallout from National Geographic show

January, 2004 marked a catastrophic event for the Caucasian breed in the United states, when "Designer Dogs" (1), a cable documentary of "new age" dogs of the future, produced by Working Dog Productions, aired on the National Geographic channel - featuring our breed as deadly weapons and Caucasian dogs as out of control, vicious, car-chasing monsters.

Six months earlier, during the summer of 2003, the production company contacted us here at ESQUIRE CAUCASIANS (2) on two separate occasions to contribute to the production of "Designer Dogs". Skeptical about a show including "wolf hybrids" and "Labradoodles" as dogs of the future, but wanting to provide good solid information on the breed, we offered livestock guardians, family dogs, showdogs, and a therapy dog for filming. In response the company representative said they were looking for "something else". Several months later, the production company called again, informing us that Caucasian dogs with the "The Stopping Power of a .45" were filmed and requesting that Esquire Caucasians, as the U.S. founding kennel, participate in this production with specific requests for historical information. Shocked and appalled at such irresponsibility, and now knowing that the theme of presentation was determined to be a crazy, sensational story, WE DECLINED. A longtime flockguardian dog breed owner contacted the production company and pleaded with them not to falsely depict a livestock guardian breed as unduly aggressive. His pleas on behalf of the Caucasian breed were ignored.

The show segment featuring the Caucasian was a responsible dog lover's worst nightmare.

A Caucasian was shown in a car, exhibiting complete lack of judgment, having a ferocious response to nonthreatening pedestrians on the sidewalk. A breeder was interviewed as advertising the breed as a deadly gun, telling the interviewer the breed was bred to kill.

In an alleged "puppy temperament test", five week old puppies raised in the tack room of a barn were agitated until they were snarling, then one bit and drew blood on the breeder's hand! The breeder was then shown
introducing an obviously aged Caucasian to people and children on the street, constantly and seemingly nervously stroking the old dog in what appeared to be an attempt to maintain control.

In yet another scene, a woman pushing a baby carriage was filmed, with the camera cutting over to a Caucasian dog yanking its owner off his feet, dragging him down to the ground, aggressively chasing first a car, then a UPS truck, then a dog on the sidewalk. The owner, drenched in sweat, said no collar could control his dog, and that he was made to feel "safe" by his dog's behavior.

Within minutes of "Designer Dogs" airing, the phone began ringing off the hook at Esquire, with three calls an hour, continuing for weeks. Esquire websites logged thousands upon thousands of new visitors within days.

One of the first stunning inquiries was from a man who said he sought to buy a dog to "kill any neighborhood dog that left fecal material on the front lawn". Other inquiries made reference to using the dogs for illegal and immoral purposes such as dog fighting. There was a tremendous increase in wanabee owners who thought it might be "cool" to own a huge and out of control dog. While a few potential good future owners surfaced, 90% of the inquirers attracted to the breed as depicted on "Designer Dogs" were determined by us here at Esquire as unsuitable owners for the breed.

Poor quality inquiries marked just the beginning of fallout. Discussion of the show, and the Caucasian segment, sprang up on bulletin boards, email discussion lists, and in chatrooms across the internet. Responsible dog fanciers began to question "Who in their sane mind would own such a breed?". My breed colleagues and I (3) spent hours each week distributing accurate breed information and putting out virtual breed fires. In a few instances, breed denouncers became breed fans. But the impact of "National Geographic's Designer Dogs" was not over yet.

National Ovcharka Rescue (4), based in Washington State, documents a sharp increase in Caucasian dogs needing rescue and owner relinquishment as a direct result of the show. Neighbors of breed owners have called Ovcharka Rescue, terrified of the potential monster living next door. In one instance, an owner whose friendly Caucasian occasionally visited and played with the neighbor's dog, relinquished her dog to Ovcharka rescue for the reason that her neighbors had seen the show and were now living in extreme fear of her dog. The neighborhood, a gated community, limits fencing to 3 feet high and the owner found it impossible to adequately fence the yard to contain the dog and appease the neighbors.

In the last six months, an alarming number of Caucasian dogs were dumped in East coast shelters. Two different shelters, basing their breed information on "The National Geographic's Designer Dogs" program, refused to turn the dogs over to National Ovcharka Rescue and instead put the dogs to death without giving them a chance of adoption.

A new owner of a well socialized puppy sold by Esquire this spring, from champion sire and dam, and the utmost of stable bloodlines, reported they were denied vet office visits based on the show's breed presentation.

In June, 2004, with breed information from the show, the breed was BANNED in Holland, Massachusetts.

The Caucasian is a livestock protection breed, living in partnership with mankind for over 2000 years, protecting flock and family from wolves and thieves. In addition to being fantastic watchdogs and defenders, the hallmark of the breed is their good judgment in distinguishing true threat from benign interference.(5) A dog that is maniacally tearing up the inside of a car, to get at nonthreatening pedestrians on a sidewalk is either poorly bred and/or poorly raised. A Caucasian that leaves its territory and tears down the street to chase cars in complete disregard of its owner (who could be getting mugged while the dog is off on a frolic), is not exhibiting correct breed temperament(6). Puppies destined for home and family should be raised in the house, not a barn. Properly socialized puppies of balanced character do not snarl at and bite their breeder during handling.

Like bad apples rotting the barrelful, there are bad breeders, poorly bred dogs, and irresponsible owners ruining the breed, with hungry media willing to profit off a bizarre story of aggressive dogs. "15 minutes of infamy" and a "Dogs-as-Guns" marketing ploy, sensationalized on national cable television, will likely result in the need for 15 years of damage control, if it can be effectively done at all. "National Geographic's Designer Dogs", supposedly about dogs of the future, along with those who participated in the Caucasian segment, may have doomed the Caucasian breed to becoming a dog of the past.

(c) 2004 Stacey Kubyn
All Rights Reserved
Contact Author for reprint permission

Esquire Caucasians EsqCaucasians@aol.com
http://www.esquirecaucasians.com
(440) 286-2374

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(1) "Designer Dogs" aired January 18, 2004, on National Geographic Presents, in the United States on the National Geographic Channel.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/01/0115_040115_tvdesignerdogs.html

Contact National Geographic:
By E-Mail comments@natgeochannel.com
By Telephone +1 202 912 6500
By Regular Mail National Geographic Channel
1145 17th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036-4688

(2) Esquire Caucasians is the U.S. Breed Founding kennel of the Kavkazskaya Ovcharka breed, also known at the Caucasian Ovcharka or Caucasian Mountain Dog.
http://www.esquirecaucasians.com

(3) The Caucasian Ovcharka (Mountain Dog) Club of America, Est. 1991
http://www.cocaclub.us

(4) National Ovcharka Rescue Tel : 509.588.3368
http://www.ovcharkarescue.org

(5) The following sites provide accurate Caucasian dog breed information:
http://www.flockguard.org/caucasian.htm
http://www.caucasiandogs.com

(6) Marina Kuznetsova, USSR Judge-Expert on Caucasians and owner of security kennel in Russia writes that dogs of correct breed temperament are not aggressive with nonthreatening strangers off territory.
http://www.flockguard.org/cmd/cmdprspc.htm


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Comment by Community Responses on 15.08.2004 20:30:35
"Thank you for your response to the NG Designer Dogs program. I was
horrified to see the breeder and the way she was handling her puppies, not
to mention the idiot who felt "safe" with his out of control dog. We hope
to adopt another large dog when we get our place in the country, and our
rescued friend Charlie (80lbs and still growing) would love to have a
brother or sister.
I am really glad that you are working to correct the horrible impression
given by the producers of that program. Really they should do a follow up
showing the consequences of their depiction of a "loaded-gun" dog, that
program has created a climate that is like a gun leveled at an innocent
animal who has faithfully served as protector and guardian for thousands of
years.
People should be ashamed of the way they abuse a valuable trait in a loving
and trustworthy beast, and then wantonly destroy what they have created. I
have worked with and bred Arabian and Miniature horses since 1978, and have
seen first hand the way that human ideas of style can damage bloodstock
until the essence of a breed is almost destroyed. Keep up your good work,
there are good people out there who need to hear what you have to say!
If you think it would do any good, send me the address of the producers who
wanted you to validate their warped ideas and I will give them a good toung
lashing and ask that they do a follow up in light of the consequences from
their program. If animal lovers knew about the problems that were caused,
they might look a little deeper into the stories presented and keep the
producers "honest"!
Thank You,
Susie, Rick
& Charlie "Wooof...pant-pant"

Comment by Community Response on 17.08.2004 01:08:36
"Hello,
I just wanted to say that I am a HUGE dog fancier, in my house it is my
husband and I, a pug, a min pin, and a fairly new Saint Bernard. In my research for
a big dog I came across the Caucasian mountain dog, and I thought they were absolutely
beautiful, amazing creatures. Then I watched the "Designer Dogs" special
and I was horrified! I grew up with a Rottweiler and he looked like a kitten compared
to this dog. I couldn't understand why someone would want to breed such an angry dog,
much less own own one. I was intrigued to find out more and that is how I came
across your website. I read your response to the program with great relief. It's the people who created the show who are horrifying, and the breeder and owner that they showed as well. So thank you, for providing the right information and for shedding the proper light on these dogs. National Geographic should be ashamed of themselves."

Comment by Community Responses on 19.08.2004 10:43:32
"Hi Stacey,
Did NG respond to any queries you made? I was shocked what I saw when the
show first aired. I had never heard of CMDs but I found the footage to be
offensive and irresponsible. Rather than focusing the medias' energy towards
responsible dog ownership, they helped encourage people owning dogs that
they could not contend with or mongrels as in the labradoodles and other
"breeds." They even interviewed Peter Green (one of the top dog handlers and
recognized worldwide in the dog show community) yet gave no credit to him.
The guy being dragged by a CMD. The CMD snarling from a car. The woman in
New Mexico with wolf-dog hybrids that are illegal in her state, yet NG and
Working Dog Productions promoted. I took it as they were supporting her
rather than discouraging the general population from owning these dogs.
These were all incredibly irresponsible.
After the airing, I did some research that night on CMDs and found the
rescue group in CA. I thought her web site was wonderful. A week or so later
she joined SD-L. I was also contacted by a woman in NYC that has a CMD as a
service dog for her disability. I just knew that the breed and rescue groups
would be pounded after the airing.
SD-L had a pretty good discussion back in January. Not sure if you were on
SD-L or not. They should be in the archives at http://showdogs-l.com.
I have lost all respect for NG after this one show. I really expected
something different from NG when I saw the commercials promoting "Designer
Dogs". New breeds have been created over 1,000's of years. If we can create
a better dog for a specific purpose through genetic engineering or even
cross-breeding to stabilize a new breed, I have no problem with that,
especially if the DNA research can be extended to human studies.
All in all, NG should be flogged on a public stock for what they did.
Totally irresponsible."

Comment by Community Responses on 19.08.2004 10:47:05
"I am extremely outraged that the media has chosen to depict this breed as vicious monsters. The last thing we need is more breed hysteria. It still amazes me that people believe all of what they see/hear on television. I have had the pleasure of meeting 2 Caucasions. They were both very even tempered, well mannered, wonderful dogs. I am sorry for all the problems the shows have created and the damage control you will have to do for many years to come. I am going to e-mail National Geographic as well. They should be ashamed of the way they presented this breed."

Comment by Community Responses on 19.08.2004 10:48:12
"My fiance and I saw that show. Since the show also featured Labradoodles I didn't take what was said about the Caucasian seriously. That particular dog was insane as was his owner. I remember being shocked he would "walk" that dog down the street with other people around. That guy was a moron. It's a shame that the show portrayed the breed that way."

Comment by Community Responses on 19.08.2004 10:49:58
"I saw the National Geographic special and, though I'm not at all connected with the Caucasian breed, I was totally disgusted at the way the dogs were portrayed. Of course, to sensationalize things even more, they made a point of mentioning "my" breed -- The Rottweiler -- as being another breed created to kill.
By the time that segment was over my mouth was hanging open and I was on the verge of banging my head against the nearest wall. The bragging of the breeder, the incompetence of the guy who allowed himself to be dragged down the street. . .totally irresponsible for National Geographic to produce such a show, and to portray those people and their dogs as "the standard.""

Comment by Community Responses on 19.08.2004 10:56:32
"what a damn shame. Just what we need in this day and age, more breed hysteria. I can imagine your outrage. I have sent a nice email to National Geographic."

Comment by Community Responses on 19.08.2004 11:13:51
"Hi Stacy!
Many years ago, you and I had corresponded about your wonderful breed and since that time I've boarded several Caucasians at my boarding kennel and loved them. I would gladly own one myself if I didn't have my Akitas! I am so sorry your breed is going thru this horrid time with that so-called Documentary about your breed on TV.
If there is ever anything I can do to help with publicly stating what a great breed you have, just let me know. Its cruel when only one side of anything is shown -- I've been battling that with Akitas for years, as I'm sure you know -- my breed has a horrid reputation too!!
Best wishes -- glad the breed still has you on its side!"

Comment by Community Responses on 19.08.2004 11:22:04
"We saw this show...
And I have to admit that even I, a casualty of insurance breed bans, was questioning this breed. It is nice to know that the information presented is "typical" of the sensationalism that sells - and unfortunate for yet another breed. "

Comment by Community Responses on 19.08.2004 11:23:36
"People who market dogs with Huge & Aggro as their main selling points? No or little mention of basic physical & mental soundness? These people are not dog breeders. They are weapons manufacturers. (Perhaps they should be licensed under that?)"

Comment by Community Responses on 06.09.2004 01:20:27
I've just watched designer dogs and the moron breeder they interviewed. I immediately came to research these dogs. There is a distinct difference between livestock guardian dogs and guard dogs. They portrayed these dogs as nut cases and they certainly did a great job, that's why I came to research it. I came upon your site and your explanation and was quite relieved that there are responsible breeders. I have komondorok guardian dogs and though they do their jobs against predators they are loving and terrific to humans. I wouldn't allow anything else. I'm glad you took offense to the show as you should. Good luck with trying to redeem your dog's integrity. It's hard enough to get a new breed accepted into the AKC and with the National Geographic protrayal it will be more difficult.
On a brighter note, I found them adorable and their tiny ears are to die for.
Good luck with your endeavors and I would like more info. I'm hooked on the Komondorok and no longer have a German Shepherd Dog nor a dog in the house. My dogs are working dogs and live outside but they are socialized.

Comment by Community Responses on 06.09.2004 10:58:32
Dear National Geographic,
I have just seen the show called Designer Dogs. I am appalled at the
producer's choice to portray the Caucasian Mountain Dog (CMD) as a vicious,
un-trainable beast, capable only of aggression. It is with great relief that
I come to understand that the specimens of the breed which were showcased on
the program are not the norm. With that relief comes deep anger at National
Geographic for sensationalizing this breed with characteristics that are
attractive to people who seek out dogs for horrible reasons. There are many
people who house dogs as status symbols for scaring people and for fighting
other dogs for sport and money. These activities, in my opinion, epitomize
the lowly, disgusting, levels of abuse that human beings reach in dealing
with other species.
The CMD breeder that was depicted on Designer Dogs displayed
characteristics only attributable to the most irresponsible breeder, one who
has no interest in the welfare of the animals she is producing. I hope that
she was portrayed wrongly by the show, if not, she should be shut down
immediately and charged with animal abuse.
I share my home with 3 dogs, one of which is a pit bull. The pit bull has
been, for many years, the media's choice of devil dog, and one who gets
front page headlines. I see this same demonization trend occurring for the
Caucasian Mountain Dog. I am surprised and disappointed to see it sparked by
National Geographic.
I have been a long time fan of the magazine and loyal supporter of the
seemingly very educational shows. National Geographic was once on the fore
front of conservation and cultural understanding. This show was a slap in
the face of that tradition of excellence. Based on the devastating effects
that Designer Dogs has had on the CMD breed, I have cancelled my magazine
subscription and will discount National Geographic's "educational" shows as
sensationalistic.
I recommend with urgency that the producers of future shows take into
consideration the long-lasting effects of their airings. A great disservice
has been done to the Caucasian Mountain Dog and there needs to be an answer
to this shameful representation. Dogs and people are suffering as a direct
result of Designer Dogs.
Please rectify this situation immediately.

Comment by Community Responses on 11.09.2004 03:37:45
I saw the designer dog show and horrified of their portrail of such a wonderful breed of dog. I have known two. One living in Big Bear Lake California loved to pull children around in a cart. At the time it was the largest dog I had ever seen, with the biggest heart and sseetest temperment. The other lived next door to my sister in Tarzana California. I was introduced to the dog as a puppy. I found these dogs to be smart and of good temperment and good judgement of how to react to people. I don't know where they found such lunatics to portray such a special breed. I just moved to the San Fernardo Valley a year ago after retiring as a chiropractor in Big Bear and was active in the dog rescue program up there. I am writing to you to support your response to such negative publicity to what can be a gentle giant. I do beleive that bad people produce bad dogs. I am glad to hear you're defending what should have never been started. Good luck and your dogs are beautiful both inside and out.

Comment by Community Responses on 11.09.2004 03:41:34
Hello-
The NG show aired again this week and it has been haunting me. The shots of the woman doing tempermant tests on her young pups and having them draw blood, the dog dragging the man off his feet, the profound aggressiveness depected...I needed to learn more. Thank you so much for posting some clarifying information. I am still not quite sure that this is the kind of dog we need but I won't be so afraid for the safety of my family if we ever encounter one! Best of luck to you.

Comment by Community Responses (from Australia) on 11.09.2004 03:43:57
Hey Stacey,
Great to here from you, after reading your 15 minutes of infamy post I understand how busy you must have been. I am always appalled that media personnel never seem at a loss to find some half-wit to assist them in sensationalizing and manipulating issues and opinions for “entertainment”. I can understand how upset and frustrated you would feel, this would make it difficult to encourage responsible people to take ownership of the magnificent breed. To say this situation worries me is an understatement. If something as inflammatory as that documentary was shown in this country it will not be long before the Caucasian joins an ever growing list of banned dog breeds. I can only hope no channel picks up such rubbish (although they are very adept at it) and airs the show here.

Comment by Community Responses on 23.09.2004 14:58:47
Hello, We saw the NG show, having never heard of the Caucasians before. We were horrified by the segment as well, saddened by the man and his out of control dog with no leash training, lunging at cars and people passing by. Even having never heard of the breed before, having only slighly above average dog experinece, we recognized the show was slanted specifically to make these noble creatures look like killers- the producers only showed irresponsible owners and a deplorable breeder. We currently own a mini schnauzer, a german shepherd, and a mastiff/st bernard mix. When our time with our current dogs has ended, if we are in our current house or another with an adequate yard, we plan on researching purchasing a caucasion. Please know that while that show did severly damage the breed's reputation, there are those of us out there who recognized the segment on Caucasions for what it was- media sensationalism. Uncontrollable dogs such as that man's caucasion are a product of owner irresponsibility and ignorance, not the breed itself. We look forward to sharing our lives one day with one of these honorable dogs. Keep up your crusade to dispell the rumors....if we were a childless home, we would consider rescuing ourselves! Thank you

Comment by Community Responses on 23.09.2004 15:02:23
I have been in the "dog world" for several years, and have actively participated in rescue. Thank you for the well written response to the horrible show aired by National Geographic. I had already been doing some reading about the breed and was sickened to see how the program distorted the capabilities of this beautiful animal.

Comment by Community Responses on 24.09.2004 22:42:46
Just have to comment on the Caucasian Mountain Dog segment of Designer Dogs. I do realize that the segment caused quite a furor when it 1st aired back in January, but since I just saw it over the Labor Day weekend I have to put in my "2 cents".
My initial reaction to this segment was one of alarm. How could breeders of these dogs be so irresponsible as to allow these "loaded guns" to be sold into a suburban environment?! They should only be used for herding sheep in the wilds of Montana. A co-worker also viewed a tape of the program and had the same reaction. We discussed the program at length and thought that since it was on National Geographic we could trust the program's content. Had the program aired on some other network (Fox comes to mind) we would have been more skeptical about what we were being shown. After doing some online research we came upon Esquire Caucasians website filling us in on what really happened when they were approached by Working Dog Productions.
I find it disconcerting that National Geographic would allow a program to air without prior research into the producers and the content being presented. I've grown up (nearly 50 years) always loving National Geographic for it's open and honest portrayal of any subject covered. I was mesmerized by the old Jacques Cousteau series and watch National Geographic Presents faithfully. I find your programming a refreshing departure from "reality programs", "home makeovers" and sensationalist programming. That your august organization would stoop to the level of this type of programming truly dismays me.
Having raised and shown large breeds (Newfoundlands & Goldens) and having been in close contact with my sister's many Dobermans, I have had direct experience with the reactions of the uninformed to a particular type or breed of dog. It is truly saddening that these beautiful dogs (or any dog) has to be painted with such a broad brush as to condemn an entire breed. Since only those of us truly interested in the welfare of the animals will question such programming , I'm afraid that much of the public will not be aware of the disservice that has been done.
I noted that on Sunday evening (9/12) the program was scheduled to air again. But when I tuned in, another program was on in its place. I can only hope that you have re-evalueated the situation and decided not to rebroadcast the program. However, much damage has been done. How about donating some of the advertising revenue received during the broadcast(s) of the program to some of the rescue groups trying to undo the damage done?
My comment to Working Dog Productions ......... shame on you for presenting such a biased program!!!! If I see your name listed in the credits of a program, the channel will be immediately changed!!!!! Of course you could pony-up some money to help undo damage too!!!!
Pat Boomhower
Cargill Animal Nutrition
Albany, New York

Comment by Community Responses on 29.09.2004 02:34:33
"I came to your site after seeing that horrendous display on National Geographic of such a noble breed. I have seen a few Ovcharkas a few years back and they were nothing like I saw on that show. Keep up the good work and I hope to be in contact with you in the future."

Comment by Community Responses on 15.02.2005 23:51:56
"Hi -
I just wanted to share with you that I was one of many who saw the same special you're speaking about, and admit I was quite suprised! I'd never heard of a Caucasian Mtn dog, but will forever remember them now!
I thought it quite shocking - the way the dogs were shown to be radically aggressive. I'd never seen anything quite like it! I had to wonder if they were truly as 'evil' as they were made out to be!
Needless to say -- I'm REALLY GLAD I happened on to your site, and have read the letter offically released in response to NGE's extremely damaging show.
I just wanted to let you know, that while I've never personally encountered one of these dogs, I will be contacting NGE and letting them know that such blatant misrepresentation of the breed should have been beneath them. It's disgusting, and I'd like to think they'd release to the public the TRUTH about the Caucasian Mtn. dog."

Comment by Community Responses on 16.02.2005 21:41:19
"Hi, my name is Rebecca, and I am so thankful for my own inquizitive nature!
I was one of those dumb people who thought it would be cool to own a super
tuff dog like the one I saw on "Designer Dogs". Yes, I saw that program, and
after doing a little research I have to say I thank you for being out there
to set people straight. I allways thought people who got Border Collies or
other hearding dogs should have a ranch and a heard. I myself live in Los
Angeles so I have the best little dog in the world, a Boston Terrier named
Olive. And for almost a year I've thought "cool, the stopping power of a
45." Now I know better and I'm sorry that I was duped for so long. Your dogs
are unbearably beautiful, and I think your doing a good thing by supporting
the breed you love. I hope the breed will not be lost among fools like so
many bull terriers. "

Comment by Community Responses on 18.02.2005 01:41:12
"Dear Esquire,
I too saw the episode about the Caucasian Mountain Dog, and couldn't believe how aggressive this breed seemed. I'm so glad I read your article about the breeds' temperament. Before reading it, I was aggravated that someone would actually breed this monster! It's sad that National Geo. has destroyed the reputation of this gentle giant; this is really an incredible breed."

Comment by Community Responses on 18.02.2005 23:35:29
"2 years ago next month, my husband & I received a call from my neice about adopting a dog they had gotten in at the county shelter. She thought of us because we have always had big dogs and know what their special needs can be. To our surprise, we received a 5 week old 26 lb hairball of a CO we named Cody. He is now a 170 lb and growing lap dog wanna be. When we saw the special on NG we were appalled at the way the breed was portrayed. It has always been our contention that it is not the breed but the way an animal is treated and/or mistreated as to what personality traits become predominate. The man being drug down the street had no business even owning a Toy Poodle let alone a large dog. We would like to thank you for your rebuttal to the NG special. Keep up the good work."

Comment by G. Toad (gtoad@email.com) on 01.09.2005 14:57:15
Just watched the NG program "Designer Dogs" which aired today (as a rerun) and was impressed with the program's depection of the Caucasian breed; a breed I hadn't heard of before.
But when I saw that old fellow being dragged over a lawn and into traffic by his dog, I begin to suspect an agenda by the program's producer, and subsequently, landed here (sure glad I did!).
I suppose that fellow should thank his lucky stars that the dog has agreed to keep him on as a pet.

Comment by Christopher Hale (cdhale1@bellsouth.net) on 09.01.2006 05:43:03
I too saw this program which was re-run just last week. In my opinion, the only way to adequately affect damage control is to sue National Geographic and the producers. You may want to consider producing and airing your own program. The fallout that you described is downright frightening, but understandable given the content of the program. Although the program made an attempt to be evenhanded, it was feeble at best. The overwhelming conclusion to be drawn from that program is that no person in his right mind would own one of these dogs. If that isn't fraudulent and slanderous, I don't know what is.

Comment by Amy (azriel_immortal@yahoo.com) on 13.02.2006 07:56:09
I first learned of this breed while watching 'Designer Dogs' last year and I have to say I am highly disappointed in National Geographic for allowing such a horrible misrepresention. The footage featured in the 'documentary', was both disturbing and, in my opinion, very misleading. My research of the breed since that time has led me to the belief that the breeder featured is more interested in providing the world with animals which are a menace to society than with quality family companions and guardians. The scene in which the breeder demonstrated 'temperment testing' on the young pup (which proceeded to draw blood from her hand) caused me to wonder if her intentions were to intensify the natrual agression of the breed, rather than to showcase it. I myself would love to someday own a caucasian, but when I am ready for that, I will not choose a breeder who refers to their animals as if they were handguns. Keep up the good work and let's all just hope that prospective owners who saw the program will take the time to research the breed fully.
 
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