DogForum.net | Dog Forums and Community
     
 
Home Gallery Register Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Calendar Members List
Search
Go Back   DogForum.net | Dog Forums and Community > Dog Breeds > General Dog Breed Discussion

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 09-03-2009, 09:52 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: New Hampshire, USA
Posts: 250

Rep: 12 jludman is on a distinguished road
Unique Rep: 1
Default Can breeders select against late onset health problems?

Was wondering if breeders work to increase the lifespan of their dogs, and more specifically if they try to breed dogs who will be healthy when they are older. My dog having an active, healthy adulthood is pretty high up on my list of qualities I want. How can a breeder try to minimize the health problems that don't appear until after breeding age, like arthritis or bloat?

jludman is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2009, 10:43 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
applesmom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Arizona
Posts: 6,612

Rep: 332 applesmom is a jewel in the roughapplesmom is a jewel in the roughapplesmom is a jewel in the roughapplesmom is a jewel in the rough
Unique Rep: 78
Default

If you can find an established breeder that not only does health testing but one who has thoroughly researched the backgrounds and relatives of both parents and is extremely knowledgeable about the breed you'd have a shot at finding a healthy dog from a long lived line.

There are still many excellent breeders out there. And there are many breeders that would like to be excellent breeders. Some will be good breeders someday but others aren't willing to do the research that's involved in producing a line of long lived healthy dogs.

IMO if a breeder isn't well informed about the dogs in the generations behind the parent's they're not breeding for the welfare of the dogs.

There are no absolute guarantees even when a breeder does everything right. But the odds are greatly increased if that breeder has done their homework long before the breeding actually takes place.
__________________



A well trained dog will make no attempt to share your lunch.

He'll just make you feel guilty while you're eating it.

applesmom is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2009, 10:43 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Iowa
Posts: 521

Rep: 44 Sham is on a distinguished road
Unique Rep: 26
Default

Really good breeders will keep track of the health of all related dogs. They will inquire into the health of siblings, parents, grandparents, and any other related dogs to their breeding animals that they can get information on. They will also keep track of the health and temperament of all the puppies they sell as they grow up. That way they can be reasonably sure they have a healthy line and take steps to improve it further. A breeder like that who has been breeding for awhile should be producing dogs that continually live longer and healthier lives. Preferably every breeder should be that way but many dont want to take the time and expend the effort or they just get too excited about a nice looking dog they want to breed and dont do the research into its past.

Sham is offline  
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:45 AM.

Shogun Interactive Development Copyright 2006-2015 Shogun Interactive Development. All rights reserved.