In the first of this series, we’re looking at images of dogs considered good specimens of their breeds around the turn of the century in comparison with the modern era. There will be noticeable modifications to some of the breed names between the old and the new. And while it is beyond the scope of this series, it’s worth noting that most breeds have genetic disorders which have developed and been identified over time – an important consideration when weighing any potential improvements made in appearance.
To my mind, at the barest of minimums, a dog should be able to breathe, eat, see, run/play, reproduce, and receive routine veterinary care without experiencing severe distress, requiring surgical intervention and/or dying. In too many breeds currently, that isn’t the case – another thing to keep in mind when comparing the older type vs. the new.
Thoughts on any of the breeds pictured above are welcome in the comments.