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International and collaborative strategies to enhance genetic health in purebred dogs

Hedhammar, Ake A.; Malm, Sofia; Bonnett, Brenda


Health problems in pedigree dogs have recently been highlighted in the media worldwide and verified internationally by cynological organisations. Collaborative actions are now needed to deal with both existing and future issues. In this article, potential roles for various stakeholders are discussed and the value of national and international platforms for collaborations is stressed. Development of specific strategies for action must be based on criteria of significance, such as severity, prevalence and inheritance, as well as availability of effective preventive measures. Assessment of options should be founded on evidence from appropriate populations-at-risk and consider broader issues, such as demographics and human-animal interactions. Existing data, such as those from insurance statistics and health surveys, should be used as a reference until representative national/international population-level breed-specific data are available. Key issues and challenges, as well as possible strategies to address them, are discussed. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Canine; Inherited disorders; Breeding; Genetics; Health; International

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Veterinary Journal
2011, Volume: 189, number: 2, pages: 189-196

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        Veterinary Science
        Animal and Dairy Science

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