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Buying a pedigree puppy or dog is for most people like navigating blindfolded through a minefield on a pogo stick. Believe it or not, pedigree dogs are subject to more than 300 genetically transmitted abnormalities according to The Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights.
Most of the abnormalities are unpronounceable by the general public and undisclosed by the average seller, who are often not even aware of the genetic abnormalities. Selling pups with a Pedigree Certificate is no mark of health or behavioural quality.
The more popular the breed the more genetic diseases, the less popular the breed the less genetic diseases.
Below is listed the number of registered diseases against each breed as outlined in the Canine Consumer Report that was revised in December 1996.
Aberdeen Terrier 1 English Springer Spaniel 63 German Shepherd 68
Antartic Husky 2Great Dane 45Labrador 46
Havanese 2 Minature Poodle 48 Rottweiller 29
Dalmation 26 Standard Dachshund 47 Toy Poodle 48
Anyone considering a pedigree dog should ask the seller if any of that dog’s ancestors ever have ever had any of the afflictions listed for their breed.
A good breeder will be able to show you the breeding pair; full blood reports and x-rays to show that there are no defaults in the parents’ joints etc. He or she will not object to you speaking to their vet. It is worth paying more for a genetically sound puppy between seven to 12 weeks, than having to pay for vets’ bills.