Inherited defects in pedigree dogs. Part 1: Disorders related to breed standards

L. Asher, G. Diesel, Yvonne Summers, P.D. McGreevy, Lisa Collins

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The United Kingdom pedigree-dog industry has faced criticism because certain aspects of dog conformation Stipulated in the UK Kennel Club breed standards have a detrimental impact oil dog welfare. A review of conformation-related disorders was carried out in the top 50 UK Kennel Club registered breeds using systematic searches of existing information A novel index to score severity of disorders along a single-scale was also developed and used to conduct statistical analyses to determine the factors affecting reported breed predisposition to defects According to the literature searched, each of the top 50 breeds was found to have at least one aspect of its conformation predisposing it to a disorder. and 84 disorders were either directly or indirectly associated with conformation. The Miniature poodle, Bulldog. Pug and Basset hound had most associations with conformation-related disorders. Further research oil prevalence and severity is required to assess the impact of different disorders oil the welfare of affected breeds (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)402-411
Number of pages10
JournalThe Veterinary Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)


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