Pedigree Breed Health Survey 2014

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In 2014, the Kennel Club carried out the Pedigree Breed Health Survey. This was a nationwide survey of UK pedigree dogs to help understand the health of each breed.

The questionnaire was divided in to sections which concentrated on such topics as general health, behaviour, causes of death, breeding and birth defects.

Information gathered from this survey helps each breed to prioritise health conditions, and can be used to improve, or maintain, the health and welfare of future generations of dogs.

Please note that the data available for breeds with very few survey responses may not represent the wider population. Care should therefore be taken when interpreting reports based on a small number of dogs.

Please note there were substantial differences in the way the 2014 survey was conducted compared to the Purebred Dog Health survey, which was carried out in 2004. The 2014 survey was directed at owners of all KC registered dogs over the past ten years and promoted to the general dog owning public, whereas the 2004 survey was publicised solely to breed clubs. Given the difference in methodologies between the surveys, the data from each is not fully comparable and differences observed do not definitively imply changes in population parameters.

Furthermore, there were 5,864 deaths reported in the 2014 survey compared to 15,881 deaths reported in the 2004 survey. This significant drop reduces the likelihood of the sample accurately representing the wider dog population, and so would likely have an impact on median longevity figures if the two sets of data were compared, which would not be reliable.

For 2004 Purebred Dog Health Survey Results, please click here.

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Results of the survey

If you wish to receive further information concerning this survey or if you have any queries then please email Health and Breeder Services.

Please note there were substantial differences in the way the 2014 survey was conducted compared to the Purebred Dog Health survey, which was carried out in 2004. The 2014 survey was directed at owners of all KC registered dogs over the past ten years and promoted to the general dog owning public, whereas the 2004 survey was publicised solely to breed clubs. Given the difference in methodologies between the surveys, the data from each is not fully comparable and differences observed do not definitively imply changes in population parameters.

Furthermore, there were 5,864 deaths reported in the 2014 survey compared to 15,881 deaths reported in the 2004 survey. This significant drop reduces the likelihood of the sample accurately representing the wider dog population, and so would likely have an impact on median longevity figures if the two sets of data were compared, which would not be reliable.


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