- Maker/Artist: unknown
- Dated: circa 1650-1700
- Geography: made in Germany, Europe
- Medium: etched steel [blade]; gilded silver, carved bone [hilt]
- Measurements: 35 1/2 x 3 inches, 1.7 lb. (90.2 x 7.6 cm, 0.76 kg). Length (blade): 29 1/4 inches (74.3 cm)
Congratulations to the Dutch Kennel Club which has just introduced tough new breeding rules for Bulldogs that cover conformation, fitness and inbreeding.
Most notably, Bulldogs have to pass a fitness test before they are bred - and if the pups have to be delivered by C-section, the Dutch KC won’t register ‘em. Even if the bitch delivers naturally another time - tough. One C-section and they’re out. Forever.
The Dutch KC’s move is in response to loud calls calling for a ban on breeding Bulldogs in the Netherlands - loud enough to force the Dutch KC and Bulldog clubs there to act, or otherwise face losing the breed.