Pedigree dogs

Calling for change for pedigree dogs

Anyone who owns or has owned a dog who’s suffered from a breed related condition or disease will know how heartbreaking the consequences can be for owners and their dogs.

Far too many pedigree and purebred dogs are suffering with avoidable diseases, crippling deformities and lifelong discomfort and pain because of the way they are bred to achieve a certain look.

The health and welfare concerns of many dogs are often simply accepted as ‘normal for the breed’ but it’s not acceptable and there’s plenty that can be done to stop the needless suffering of so many of our favourite dog breeds.

For each breed of dog they register, the Kennel Club sets a written ‘breed standard’ which describes what an ‘ideal’ example of that breed should look like.

However, some physical features have become so extreme over the years that they can cause pain and suffering as standard (e.g. dogs bred to have short, flat faces like pugs and bulldogs or dogs bred to have wrinkled, loose skin like the Basset Hound or Shar Pei).

Thinking of buying a pedigree dog?

Deciding to welcome a puppy into your home is very exciting, but there are some pitfalls you will want to avoid.

Avoid buying from a breeder who is sacrificing the health and happiness of the puppies for looks. Help ensure that the puppy you bring home is healthy and happy with the help of the RSCA/AWF Puppy contract.

We also have great advice on things you should ask a breeder and the type of dog that is right for your lifestyle so you and your puppy can have a long and happy life together.

And of course, if you decide to rehome from us you can be sure that the puppy or dog you bring home has been neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and has had a thorough health check.

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