The inherent, inherited dangers of being a Georgia Bulldog

The quick succession of bulldogs at the University of Georgia – Uga VII, Uga VIII and Uga IX – are at the center of a provocative New York Times Magazine piece on the dangers of overbreeding and whether it amounts to animal cruelty. Something to read while you wait for Saturday’s game with Tech.

The late UGA VII at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in Jacksonville, FL October 31, 2009. Brant Sanderlin,

The late UGA VII at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in Jacksonville, FL October 31, 2009. Brant Sanderlin,

It includes this thought from James Serpell, the director of the Center for the Interaction of Animals and Society at the University of Pennsylvania:

“We have, to some extent, accentuated physical characteristics of the breed to make it look more human, although essentially more like caricatures of humans, and specifically of children,” he told me. “We’ve bred bulldogs for their flat face, big eyes, huge mouth in relation to head size and huge smiling face.”

So it’s not just a happy accident that so many animals look like their owners.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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43 comments Add your comment


November 22nd, 2011
1:20 pm

i note a striking resemblance to ….?


November 22nd, 2011
1:46 pm

what a leg lift this piece is.


November 22nd, 2011
1:51 pm

Inbred beyond all hope and incomprehensibly dumb.

But enough about their fans, let’s get back to the poor animals……

Whither Uga? | Get The Picture

November 22nd, 2011
1:59 pm

[...] we wait to see Russ’ replacement, here’s a lengthy New York Times piece (h/t Jim Galloway) on whether the bulldog breed should be modified to make it healthier.  You know who is front and [...]


November 22nd, 2011
2:09 pm

All the UGAs, as a result of continuous inbreeding, are hideous monstrosities.

Much like UGA fans themselves.

Give em Hell, TECH!

There's a reason they call it a "Wreck"

November 22nd, 2011
2:18 pm

…. meanwhile, everyone crys when a bulldog passes away, while everyone cheers when they eradicate a yellow jacket infestation in their yard.

Little bast**ds live in a hole in the ground and swarm around the dumpster.. much like tech “fans” themselves. Miserable little lives….


November 22nd, 2011
2:37 pm


Class of '98

November 22nd, 2011
3:54 pm

As a UGA grad and huge fan, even I think it’s time to open the deep end of the gene pool on this one. If they don’t, our mascot in 20 years will just be a ball of fat and fur wearing a spiked collar.

Teddy Roosevelt

November 22nd, 2011
4:09 pm

But class of 9 your description perfectly describes the uga of today.


November 22nd, 2011
4:13 pm

i believe the inbreeding is the cause of the ignorance that is displayed in this ’story’. i clicked the link hoping to find something that could be informative, but found a series of merely a few sentences, most of which isn’t by the author, but rather a quote. even the quote doesn’t make sense in regards to the subject of the article. the quote itself makes sense, but any breeding of animals humans do is done in order to make the breed stronger and more efficient.

as for Tech giving UGA hell….if they call the results of most of the UGA/Tech games to be giving UGA hell, then taking it easy on them must be not showing up to the game LOL


November 22nd, 2011
4:16 pm

actually, after re-reading the quote, i do have to say that i hope they are talking about average human…not average American obese human. now that would be sad


November 22nd, 2011
4:18 pm

So, Georgia’s most honored family tree resembles a pine – long with very few branches?
This is going to work out great as each class will get their own UGA
Then the school can sell more stuff made in China with each decendants mug

The owners of the Uga's have ...

November 22nd, 2011
4:52 pm

…finally announced that future Uga’s are being bred from females that are NOT related to any of the Uga line (but the male sires will continue to be the preceeding “reigning” Uga) – hence, you guys can stop with the “in-breeding” lines and jokes…

And, the writer of this piece should stick to other writings of which he may know something, rather than writing, without any real research, of something of which he know nothing.

And, for everyone out there, UGA is the university, Uga (1-VIII) is the dawg…


November 22nd, 2011
5:09 pm

Keep Russ! Russ is doing great. Why must he still be interim?

markie mark

November 22nd, 2011
5:20 pm

Folks, the Seilers have always bred the males with a different female line, so this BS of inbred is just that….BS. I, however, do believe that “Russ, the temporary mascot” has earned the title of Uga, even if he is not pure white…..


November 22nd, 2011
5:37 pm

The Seilers should stop inbreding these dogs. Maybe this is how the modern-day Democrat came into being. As a 50+ year Dawg fan, I think Russ is just fine. Just my opinion.

Ole Guy

November 22nd, 2011
5:48 pm

Truly a literary masterpiece…”Get the chainsaw, Tommy”!


November 22nd, 2011
6:19 pm

This inbreeding is cruel. They have numerous health problems and short lives. More than 90% require c-sections to give birth after they’ve been bred, so greedy humans can collect $1,000 or more for a single pup. The females are put through this repeatedly.

This forced violation/reproduction tradition is a stark contrast to the rescue and rehabilitation of injured raptors that are employed as live mascots by more responsible animal-loving programs.

In no way are these poor little UGAlies to blame. Bless their little hearts! I am happy to take one, put an orange & blue sweater on her, and promise to never allow her to be ray-ped for profit.


November 22nd, 2011
7:43 pm

After reading the article, $2,500 to buy and $5,000 in medical bills if you are lucky. I’ll remain a Seahawk fan because they don’t exist. No wonder the NFL doesn’t have a bulldog mascot, they can’t afford one.

Old Dawg

November 22nd, 2011
8:41 pm

Of all the problems in this world, particularly in the country, and this crap is worth printing? Give me a break! This guy has to be a some liberal puke who got a huge federal grant to just stir up S&*T. My advise to him and those who believe this crap? Where the sun don’t shine!!!!

Bug Lady

November 22nd, 2011
8:45 pm

Oh good, an opportunity to educate the masses that yellow jackets that sting are all female. According to, “As with bees, male yellow jackets cannot sting – only females are able to. As well as being used as a weapon against any perceived threat, female wasps use the sting to paralyse prey (aphids, insect larvae), which they will then feed to their own off spring. The sting also doubles up as an ovipositor (egg laying organ).” So all those beefy yellow jacket mascots with a stinger are really girls. Gotta love mother nature.


November 22nd, 2011
8:50 pm

Article is a waste of air. Get on with more important things, like the economy.


November 22nd, 2011
9:10 pm

this blog gone to dogs since LMS departed.


November 22nd, 2011
10:17 pm

Inbreeding and the UGA,

Like beans and rice.

I’m with Bone


November 22nd, 2011
10:37 pm

To all you non-Georgia ignorant a–hole fans: The dawg isn’t named UGA. That’s the college, you morons! The DAWG is named “Uga” with his number. Capital “UU and small “ga.”

This is what happens when you take away slide rules and replace them with game boys.


November 22nd, 2011
10:44 pm

markie mark @ 5:20 pm

“Folks, the Seilers have always bred the males with a different female line, so this BS of inbred is just that….BS.”

Thanks, Markie for stating what those boys at the North Avenue Trade School don’t seem to know nor does the writer of this column who should have challenged the posting.


November 22nd, 2011
11:38 pm


Ohmygoodness! Please accept my apology. I did not mean to disrespect little Uga. There is, of course, no excuse, but I did flunk my 300-level class on giving a *bleep* about Georgia’s mascot when I was attending a different university. Thank you for noticing the error!


November 23rd, 2011
12:03 am

Uh, who cares… The University of Georgia sucks! Just like ALL Republicans do!

Ole Guy

November 23rd, 2011
1:23 am

88, I always used slide sticks to stir paint!

Martha Zoller

November 23rd, 2011
4:55 am

Let’s keep Russ! My daughter and I used to volunteer at the Hall County Humane Society. One of the project was pictures of your dog with Santa to raise money. One year a person brought an “UGA” dog in. The dog’s face was so flat, he couldn’t breathe. My vet later told me that the life expectancy of the very high bred bulldogs was three years. That’s not acceptable.

I’m a dog lover. Anyone who follows me on Facebook sees my beloved St. Bernards. Let’s loosen up the standards on the mascot for UGA.

On another note, is this really what the NY Times should be writing about???

Martha Zoller
UGA ‘79

Travis McGee

November 23rd, 2011
6:31 am

@Bob: Apparently you haven’t been watching the Republican debates or else you wouldn’t have made the derrogatory remark about Democrats. “Lord, what fools these mortals be!” ~Shakespeare.

Frederick Douglass

November 23rd, 2011
7:18 am

Class of ‘98 @ 3:54

If you’d said diamond studded collar, you would’ve described Newt Gingrich to a tee.

Frederick Douglass

November 23rd, 2011
7:26 am

Leave the mascots alone, or to badly paraphrase a great American, ” that dawg gon biiite yewwww”.


November 23rd, 2011
8:27 am

Lucko was funny today. Too bad he stole the bit.

as usual.


November 23rd, 2011
9:12 am

PBS had a special on this a couple of years ago. Look at the bulldogs in 1900, and now. They used to look like burly versions of a boxer. Back then dogs actually had jobs. Bulldogs were originally used to keep cattle moving towards slaughter. A dear friend recently lost her beloved bulldog to a brain tumor.


November 23rd, 2011
9:32 am

Newt Gingrich 2012: “After all, he’s not a witch”.


November 23rd, 2011
11:42 am

This whole story was a waste of time.


November 23rd, 2011
11:46 am

If you look at a picture of Uga I, the original bulldog mascot, you will see a leaner, more healthy looking dog. Shame that the Seilers bred that into a caricature that resembles the Tasmanian Devil cartoon character.

Going Right

November 23rd, 2011
12:31 pm

Mr. Galloway:
I implore you for your own financial future to PLEASE go back to your former “position” (no pun intended) at the local Men’s Hair Style Salon in Midtown. You sure as hell don’t know anything about GA football and Uga.


November 23rd, 2011
12:38 pm

Going Right, I implore you to read Lee’s post at 11:46. You sure as hell don’t know anything about GA football and Uga.

Cap Pistol

November 23rd, 2011
10:06 pm

UGA could never be as ugly as that Techmite coach. He needs a lesson on calling UGA fans “retarded.”

Going Right

November 23rd, 2011
10:51 pm

MalxomX at 12.38p:
Before you run off at thed mouth, idiot, best you try and find out what Going Right knows about GA football and Uga! I, like others, use a screen name but I can assure you, dumbo, I know one hell of a lot more about GA football and Uga that 99.9% of this state.
BTW, I fail to see what is in lee’s comment any point of reference, AND, I would ask him what IS HIS POINT?


November 25th, 2011
12:37 pm

Georgia Tech sucks just for the fact that they don’t have any pretty girls there