Pedigree dog breeding in the UK: a major welfare concern?
by Dr Nicola Rooney and Dr David Sargan
with contributions from Dr Matthew Pead, Dr Carri Westgarth, Dr Emma Creighton and Dr Nick Branson.
The Executive Summary and Full Report are available in Downloads.
"Purpose and scope of the report
This is a summary of an independent report, which was commissioned by the RSPCA in order to help inform all those committed to protecting and improving the welfare of pedigree dogs.
It addresses the impact on pedigree dog welfare of traditional selective breeding practices.
Specifically, it focuses on welfare issues associated with exaggerated anatomical features and inherited disease. Whilst conclusions are centred on the specific situation in the UK, the report reviews what is well recognised as an international problem.
As an independent report, its contents are the findings, views and conclusions of its authors and contributors, who are recognised experts in the fields of animal welfare science, genetics, epidemiology and veterinary science. It contains a review of the scientific literature and proposes, in brief, possible ways forward to improve the welfare of pedigree dogs."