A Kennel Club (KC) breed survey has found more than 65% of live pedigree dogs are “unaffected by any disease conditions”.

More than 65% of live pedigree dogs are "unaffected by any disease conditions" according to results of the Kennel Club’s 2014 Pedigree Breed Health Survey.
More than 65% of live pedigree dogs are “unaffected by any disease conditions” according to results of the Kennel Club’s 2014 Pedigree Breed Health Survey.

The finding comes from the KC’s 2014 Pedigree Breed Health Survey, which, after reaching out to 385,000 owners, received responses from owners of 191 of the 215 recognised breeds, representing 43,207 living dogs and 5,685 deceased dogs.

Common conditions

The survey, according to the KC, is the largest of its kind, and aimed to find the most prevalent conditions affecting live dogs and the most common causes of death.

Where disease conditions were reported, the most common conditions were:

  • lipoma
  • skin cysts
  • hypersensitivity (allergic) skin disorders
  • arthritis
  • otitis externa (ear infection)

The most frequently reported causes of death were old age, unspecified cancer, unknown conditions, heart failure and kidney failure.

The average life span was 10 years.

Prioritising health concerns

Aimée Llewellyn, head of health and research at the KC, said the information collected from the survey is “invaluable” in prioritising health concerns for pedigree breeds as a whole, as well as on a breed-by-breed basis.

She said: “This will help everyone from owners and breeders to vets and researchers identify any potentially inherited conditions across different breeds and help improve the health of future generations of dogs.

“These results give an idea of where progress has been made, where it still needs to be mad, and how it is best to make appropriate changes.”

The KC hopes to publish a more in-depth study of the results as a scientific paper later in the year.

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