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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.
How do these results compare to The Kennel Club's 2004 health survey?
Please note there were substantial differences in the way the 2014 survey was conducted compared to thepurebred dog health survey, which was carried out in 2004. The 2014 survey was directed at owners of all dogs registered with The Kennel Club 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.
The Pedigree Breed Health Survey 2014 was open from 8th November to 31st December 2014. The aim of this survey was to collect data on the causes of death & prevalence of conditions affecting the current population of Pedigree dogs. Forms were received representing 43,005 living dogs & 5,663 deceased dogs.
A total of 5,663 deaths were reported for 179 breeds. No deaths were reported for the Bolognese, Canadian Eskimo Dog, English Toy Terrier (Black & Tan), Finnish Spitz, German Longhaired Pointer, Hamiltonstovare, Havanese, Kooikerhondje, Lowchen (Little Lion Dog), Portuguese Podengo, Pyrenean Sheepdog (Long Haired), Sloughi and Turkish Kangal Dog. Owners of the Anatolian Shepherd Dog, Foxhound, Slovakian Rough haired Pointer and Swedish Lapphund reported only deceased dogs.
The median age at death for all dogs was 10 (Figure 1). Table 1 shows the most common causes of death for all dogs. Age at death is presented for the most common causes in Figure 2.
Of the 43,005 live dogs which the survey covers 27,972 had reported no conditions and 15,033 reported affected by at least one condition (min = 1 condition, max = 18 conditions), giving a total of 27,035 incidents of conditions. The median age at the time of survey for all live dogs was 4 years (Table 2).
The gender, neuter status and age of neutering summary statistics are shown in Table 3. There were 36,500 dogs with a reported Body Condition comment by their Veterinary practitioner displayed in Table 4.
The median age the dogs were first affected by a condition was 3 years (min = 0 years, max= 17 years, Figure 3). The ages for the most common conditions is displayed in Figure 4. Table 5 shows the frequency of occurrence of all reported disease conditions.
From the dogs surveyed most were not affected by a disease condition (65.04%). The most commonly reported disease condition in live dogs was lipoma. The most commonly reported cause of death was old age.