science
Why Purebred Dogs Are Sick, Miserable, and Ugly

Earlier this month, the Westminster Kennel Club hosted its popular annual dog show, where canines of all shapes and sizes get to strut their stuff in front of discerning judges. Seems like harmless fun, but many purebred dogs are, or soon will be, in poor physical health—the result of an emphasis on cosmetic, and not functional, physical characteristics. Read More >>

pets
Good Luck Trying to Pronounce the Names of the American Kennel Club’s Newest Dog Breeds

The adorable and challengingly named Nederlandse Kooikerhondje and the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen are the first breeds to be added to the American Kennel Club roster since 2016. Read More >>

animals
Unethical Breeding is Creating Serious Health Problems for German Shepherds

German Shepherds are among the most popular dog breeds in the world, but their numbers have started to decline. New research suggests the decreasing demand for German Shepherds may have something to do with the breed’s propensity for health problems—likely the result of selective breeding for cosmetic traits. Read More >>

nature
The Sex Life of an Armadillo Is Even More Depressing Than Yours

Armadillos do not like to hang out. They generally keep to their home range, avoiding each other and eating alone. The breeding season poses a particular set of challenges for the solitary creatures, namely, tolerating one another long enough to fuck. Read More >>

science
The Quest to Resurrect an Extinct Animal Without Cloning

Before there was the cow, there was the auroch, a sinewy beast that roamed Eurasia by the millions. And over thousands of years, humans bred the creature into the millions of milk-and-steak-machines we have today. The last auroch, however, died in the 17th century. A group of scientists now want to bring back the auroch by selectively breeding modern cows—domestication, but in reverse. Read More >>

animals
Poison-Eating “Super Rats” Spreading Across the UK

The use of poison in the UK is having one very unfortunate side effect, in that we're effectively breeding a super-race of rats that are immune to current poisons and happily chomp away on rat poison like it's a pleasant snack left out for them by their caring owners. Read More >>