The reality of sourcing – national vs. registered/ pedigree populations; commercial breeding: the reality; new developments in health and welfare management, e.g. in the USA and Ireland; ‘rescues’ / marketing; the role of different stakeholders.
Links to DWN Resources
Efforts to understand and address health and welfare problems in dogs are complicated by issues around the sourcing of puppies. In many countries, the majority of apparently purebred dogs are thought to come from commercial breeders who are not registered with relevant kennel clubs and therefore may fall outside the normal influences, controls and regulations of such bodies (www.humanesociety.org). Clearly, this all leads to a very complex situation and optimal progress on resolving these challenges will be achieved only if key stakeholders can coordinate and work together to embrace positive and evidence-based change. A critical element required for such progression is the provision of a forum for formal and informal discussions between all relevant groups where key issues can be identified and defined, and plans can be agreed for effective actions to address them.
Additional content related to this theme will be posted as available.
UK: FECAVA: POSITION PAPER BREEDING HEALTHY DOGS: THE EFFECT OF SELECTIVE BREEDING ON THE HEALTH AND WELFARE OF DOGS.
"The impact of genetic disorders and the breeding of dogs with excessive traits on the health and welfare of dogs has increasingly come into the spotlight over recent years. Companion animal veterinarians are regularly faced with health and welfare problems in their patients that are breed related and have a strong genetic background. As advocates of animal health and welfare, veterinarians have a duty to speak up. They should help raise awareness and make sure breed - related health and welfare problems are not normalised and considered or seen as being ‘typical for the breed’..."
US: Pet Owners Survey by the American Pet Products Association, and the U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is (available for purchase)
Purdue CAWS Leads Way with New Dog Breeding Standards ( commercially bred dogs )
See DWN's article including Video on the...
Stated Preferences for Dog Characteristics and Sources of Acquisition
Study on the welfare of dogs and cats involved in commercial practices (EU)
Pet Study - 'Pet Ownership as Economic Factor' The economic significance of pet ownership in Germany
Prof. Dr. Renate Ohr, University of Goettingen, Germany*
AKC - Breed Preservation Webinar - September 2018
Mark Dunn (AKC)... excerpt from the Webinar... "Our country needs over 8 million dogs a year and growing, but AKC breeders produce just over 1 million puppies a year."
Associated Articles: AKC's Breed Preservation Seminar
Links - Breeders - sources - Position Papers & Legislation related
Australia: Victoria’s puppy farms and pet shop laws a world first - but questions about ‘ethical’ breeding remain -- July 1, 2018
EU: FECAVA: 2016 Working towards responsible dog trade – The position of the veterinary profession in Europe
Profit should never take priority over animal health and welfare...
Links - Rescue Groups - sources - Dog Auction Purchases
Dog rescuers, flush with donations, buy animals from the breeders they scorn