Dogs Today magazine has also been tapped sharply on the nose with a rolled-up newspaper. Last year it published a guide called The Little Black Dog Book, which warned about hereditary problems in pedigree dogs. The magazine’s editor, Beverley Cuddy, described the breeding of pedigree dogs — a pastime in which the Kennel Club is something of a specialist — as “a genetic timebomb”.
This year Dogs Today was told that its journalists would not be allowed official accreditation at Crufts. Whoever thought the world of the dog show could be so fierce?
“They won’t tell me why we’re banned,” said Cuddy, although it might well have something to do with a headline that screamed “Stop breeding ignorance — reform the Kennel Club now!”
“They have totally cut us off,” she said. “I am very upset that we’re excluded from the show.”