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Old 05-03-2013, 03:07 PM   #1
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Just thought I'd share this! Shows the importance of health screening no matter what is being bred. I'm going to see if I can track down the published article.

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In a five-year study of veterinary cases at the University of California-Davis, there was no difference between mixed-breed and purebred dogs in the prevalence of common inherited disorders. Even designer-bred dogs were being seen with hereditary conditions that it was assumed crossbreeding would eliminate: hip dysplasia, epilepsy, cancer, hypothyroidism, eye disorders and more.
Although mixed-breed dogs were just as likely to inherit health problems, there were a few exceptions, according to the study, which will be published in a veterinary journal later this year. Some genetic disorders remained isolated to specific breeds.
Still, the findings make sense: If you cross a Labrador Retriever that has hip dysplasia with a Poodle that has hip dysplasia, what do you get? Chances are, a Labradoodle with hip dysplasia. In addition to hip problems, Labradoodles are now being diagnosed with Addison’s disease (a deficiency in adrenal hormones) and elbow dysplasia—two genetic disorders that are common to purebred Labradors and Poodles, according to Dr. Bell.
Link to article:
Mixed Mutts and Designer Crosses: Are They Healthier Than Purebred Dogs?
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Great article and good video on that page about collars too.
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This about sums up my thoughts on the matter:
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