Some of you may have heard of a film that exposed Kennel Club standards for creating significant health problem in dogs as well as allowing or even encouraging close inbreeding in pure breed dogs. This film is called Pedigree Dogs Exposed. If you click the link it will take you to the entire movie on YouTube. The film is 51 minutes long.
If you have a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel please be aware that this film has some disturbing footage of Calvaleirs suffering from syringomyelia.
Here in the US the AKC sets the standards for dog breeds. And here, as in the UK, the standards are coming under fire by animals rights groups and dog lovers. This article in the New York Times discusses the popularity of and the common health problems associated with the AKC English Bulldog.
Here is a photo catalog of Neapolitan Mastiffs from 1949-present.