Are canines the next frontier in the war for gender equality? One top news agency appears to be suggesting that it should be.
According to Reuters, an international news agency based in London that operates similarly to the U.S-based Associated Press, male dogs win twice as often as female dogs in the highly acclaimed Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City.
In a piece entitled “Glass ceiling for dogs?” Reuters does lay out the many practical reasons why this is so.
When female dogs give birth to their first litter of puppies, they are often retired from competitions, whereas males continue to be shown for years because they can maintain the same body shape.
For a dog, their prime is between the ages of 3 and 5, which is also the prime age for females to breed. Thus, breeding times interfere with peak competition times.
Professional handler Kimberly Calvacca explained, “People don’t like to campaign females because they don’t like to jeopardize their breeding program. Males can be used to stud anytime, and still show and breed at the same time.”
Another handler, Wendy Kellerman, added that when female dogs get into “heat,” their hormones make them moodier, which makes them too temperamental at those times for competitions. The female dogs of some breeds will also shed their nice coats at times, too.
Westminster’s Best in Show judge Betty-Anne Stenmark scoffed at the idea that female dogs are being discriminated against. She said males and females have an equal chance of winning.
Westminster Kennel Club spokeswoman Gail Miller Bisher acknowledge, “The males obviously have an easier go of it, whereas the girls having a litter is stressful for everybody.”
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