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Large-scale survey to estimate the prevalence of disorders for 192 Kennel Club registered breeds

Overview of attention for article published in Canine Genetics and Epidemiology, September 2017
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Large-scale survey to estimate the prevalence of disorders for 192 Kennel Club registered breeds
Published in
Canine Genetics and Epidemiology, September 2017
DOI 10.1186/s40575-017-0047-3
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B. M. Wiles, A. M. Llewellyn-Zaidi, K.M. Evans, D. G. O’Neill, T. W. Lewis


Pedigree or purebred dogs are often stated to have high prevalence of disorders which are commonly assumed to be a consequence of inbreeding and selection for exaggerated features. However, few studies empirically report and rank the prevalence of disorders across breeds although such data are of critical importance in the prioritisation of multiple health concerns, and to provide a baseline against which to explore changes over time. This paper reports an owner survey that gathered disorder information on Kennel Club registered pedigree dogs, regardless of whether these disorders received veterinary care. This study aimed to determine the prevalence of disorders among pedigree dogs overall and, where possible, determine any variation among breeds. This study included morbidity data on 43,005 live dogs registered with the Kennel Club. Just under two thirds of live dogs had no reported diseases/conditions. The most prevalent diseases/conditions overall were lipoma (4.3%; 95% confidence interval 4.13-4.52%), skin (cutaneous) cyst (3.1%; 2.94-3.27%) and hypersensitivity (allergic) skin disorder (2.7%; 2.52-2.82%). For the most common disorders in the most represented breeds, 90 significant differences between the within breed prevalence and the overall prevalence are reported. The results from this study have added vital epidemiological data on disorders in UK dogs. It is anticipated that these results will contribute to the forthcoming Breed Health & Conservation Plans, a Kennel Club initiative aiming to assist in the identification and prioritisation of breeding selection objectives for health and provide advice to breeders/owners regarding steps that may be taken to minimise the risk of the disease/disorders. Future breed-specific studies are recommended to report more precise prevalence estimates within more breeds.

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Unknown 51 100%

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 10 20%
Researcher 8 16%
Student > Ph. D. Student 7 14%
Student > Master 7 14%
Other 3 6%
Other 6 12%
Unknown 10 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 19 37%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 11 22%
Business, Management and Accounting 2 4%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 2 4%
Medicine and Dentistry 2 4%
Other 3 6%
Unknown 12 24%

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