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Not so good news from The Kennel Club. Not to worry , Havs data was too few to be significant , still does not look encouraging. Wonder how North American registries would fare?
Pedigree Dogs Exposed - The Blog: BREAKING NEWS: KC survey reveals apocalyptic drop in purebred dog longevity

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Not surprised. Something HAS to be done before it's too late! Way too many backyard breeders/puppy mills and irresponsible breeders. Our dogs suffer terribly for it makes me crazy.
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Not surprised. Something HAS to be done before it's too late! Way too many backyard breeders/puppy mills and irresponsible breeders. Our dogs suffer terribly for it makes me crazy.
Yes. That's something that makes a study like this hard. How do you separate the dogs in a breed that are carefully bred by responsible breeders from all those (much larger numbers!) that are bred by puppy mills and back yard breeders?

Then again, there are some breeds (like Bulldogs, Pugs, Sharpeis... actually most of the brachycephalic breeds) that have been bred to be so deformed that the breeds becoming extinct would probably be a mercy.
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yep MANY breeds are being bred to their detriment. Dogs need to be bred to health and temperament much more than conformation.
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yep MANY breeds are being bred to their detriment. Dogs need to be bred to health and temperament much more than conformation.
Well, conformation has a big impact on health. They need to be bred for SOUND, FUNCTIONAL conformation over "beauty contest" conformation. (although what about a Bulldog could be considered "beautiful" is beyond me.
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The writer has a very anti-breeder tone IMO.

"But I suspect we'll get the usual denial.. the deflecting blame on to vaccines, commercial dog food, puppy millers, vets or big pharma... "

I'm not in denial...but you absolutely must include these factors in the reasons for shorter life spans. Human being's life spans are also being shortened due to children having diseases which were once only for the elderly. Many contributing factors are diet, exercise and environmental toxin overload. Our pets are a reflection of ourselves. It's no coincidence that they suffer the same issues and ailments that we do.

I totally agree that a small gene pool can decrease lifespan. It's nature's way of self limiting in-breeding. But there's no way to deny that other factors are at work also.
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They left the dogs we have pictures of on our refrigerator out of that survey. We get a lot of pictures at Christmas. Most of Twinkle's babies are still alive. One picture is from one family with two happy girls that were 16-1/2 and 14-1/2 last Christmas.
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