Dog Breeding

If humans were selectively bred as dogs are could we vary as much? Could there be breeds of 1 foot humans and 9 foot humans and humans with tiny legs and arms and humans with very long legs and arms? Or is this variety specifically to do with dogs?

I think the smallest adult was an indian chap who was just shy of 60cm.  the tallest was robert ludlow who was over 8 foot

I think the Germans had a sort of selective breeding thing going on at one time or another.

Wouldn’t be hard, though timescales a bit longer than with dogs.  

Judging by the accentuated genetic defects that Kennel Club dogs suffer from, the side effects of incautious breeding would be pretty horrific. 

Luckily, you could not do it by force and there is no other way.  

Could there be breeds of 1 foot humans

What happened to Jayerz?

there was a woman on Take Me Out the other day who was clearly just a well-groomed Dachshund

The mental image of Mutters spending Saturday in his parlour watching Take Me Out is compelling

would you like a tea dear?

yes please, I shall take a darjeeling and maybe a drop of the '78 

Of course my heart, and shall I bring through the copy of Nicholas Nickleby you were reading?

Delightful, my angel


and just one brown sugar pls


My former PA was one of the 2018 line up and I have teenage kids. They couldn't believe it.

she got picked and went to the Island of etc. and remains single at 41 and is a little peeved about that.

There were a couple of threads iirc. 

Wood debi. 

Morag terrifies me (soz clergs)

Debi is good fun, a complete gym nutter, music mad and entirely unreliable. She thinks she's a great singer but is a reasonable one. There's some vids online of her studio work. Her plan to become something better than Adele has probably waned now. 

Her Dad seems to be quite a large influence on things which could have something to do with why men clear off. He is significantly hardcore and is probably some sort of man-scaring gang master or something.

She has a wicked sense of humour and is always getting on the wrong end of things, would probably ruin your life and you would not be able to resist her charms, most of which are based on some sort of misbehaviour or other. She is brighter than her educational performance suggests so is no idiot.

do you want an intro then?

She sounds not unlike but isn’t a patch on my Mrs G (whose Dad incidentally is a six foot five Irishman so none to shabby on the scaring stakes if needs be). 

Are we then agreed that it is only practical considerations that prevent us creating weird and whacky humans as we do dogs and we could in theory have human breeds as different from each other as a Great Dane and a whippet?  

we do have human breeds as different from each other as a Great Dane and a Whippet and always have.


I give you

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Try sticking a Dutchman and a Kenyan together and one might say we already have a fair amount of diversity. 

Thinking about it you could make that argument solely based on indigenous African tribes. 

Heh at mutters


Zero yes we have lots of diversity but really not on the scale of dog breeds - some breeds are probably 100x bigger than others also a lot of our diversity is lifestyle driven.

was there not a theory that colonial slave owners “bred” west african slaves to be tall and strong? I think it got debunked. And remember we know full well that incest is a bad idea.

as someone with clear mixed heritage I enjoy believing that as a result my genes are good :)