Breed Population Analyses

Recognising the importance of managing the rate of inbreeding, the Kennel Club's Population analysis reports allow breeders to review the unique situation for each breed. 

If unchecked, inbreeding levels can rise in a breed, and although its effects may not initially be noticeable, this increase can have a significant impact on the health and welfare of future generations. 

The breed specific reports below provide a framework to shape discussions on the best ways to improve, or maintain, genetic health. 

Additional information and resources  

To aid in your understanding of our recent population analysis research, we have provided you with the following additional resources

Article: Understanding inbreeding and the importance of genetic diversity
Article: Managing inbreeding and genetic diversity
Q&A: Estimated Effective Population Size Research

You may also want to read the summary scientific journal article entitled "Trends in genetic diversity for all UK registered pedigree dog breeds", published in the Journal of Canine Genetics and Epidemiology.

If you have any queries regarding this research, please e-mail

Breed specific reports


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