I think the world of dog breeding may well be a bit 'cut-throat'; like any other competitive area it is bound to generate jealousies and ill-feeling.
One thing is for sure, however much these pedigree dogs are family pets, they are also valuable assets. Sixty years ago my first husband and I lived in a bed sitter in a very large house, where the owners lived downstairs and the upstairs was all divided to let. The man bred Wire Haired Fox Terriers and the woman bred Pekinese and these were family pets without a doubt. But both of them took it all very seriously.
The dogs were shown and one of the terriers reached Crufts, won its class and eventually became Supreme Champion. There was great excitement amongst the residents of the house. But when they came home the man had sold the dog to new owners in the US for a reputed £2000 (quite a lot of money in those days).
Now this week an Irish Setter has died after appearing in this year's Crufts Dog Show and the post mortem showed that it had poisoned meat in its stomach, so there is now speculation as to whether it was poisoned at the Show or not. I must say that I saw its owner (or I rather think it was co-owner) on the news a little while ago and I thought she conducted herself with great dignity when she said she didn't wish to blame anyone at this stage and hoped that it would all die down and the photographers outside her house would now go away.
It all made me rather pleased that my 'mutt' was never going to be going anywhere near a dog show, where she would certainly come last although she is a pedigree Border Terrier. What I do know about her for a certainty is that she gives me her unconditonal love - providing of course I give her bits of her favourite food (ham) now and again - i.e. every time we have some. And if there was a prize for the most sensitive nose then by golly she would be in with a chance - she can smell ham a mile off.