Health testing used to screen hereditary conditions when dog breeding has improved the health of breeds across the UK, according to new statistics from the Canine Health Schemes.
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Kennel Club jointly run the Hip and Elbow Dysplasia Schemes to screen dogs for certain inherited conditions. The results from this scheme can be used by owners and breeders to make informed decisions when producing healthier puppies.
The latest data from the Hip and Elbow Schemes shows a clear and sustained reduction in the incidence and severity of these conditions.
BVA president Sean Wensley said: “The latest statistics from Canine Health Schemes clearly demonstrate that responsible breeding, supported by testing, can make a difference to the health and welfare of dogs.
“Health considerations are particularly important when it comes to mating, and it is vital that the risk of passing on inherited conditions is continually reduced. The hip and elbow dysplasia tests are extremely useful tools for breeders and vets, both of whom want to ensure the health and welfare of future generations of dogs. “
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club secretary, said: “This data goes to show just how much of a positive effect health testing is having on the health and welfare of dogs.”