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Purebred Dogs – Health Problems Due to Structural Deformities

By Michele Welton, Dog Trainer, Breed Selection Consultant, Author of 15 Dog Books

In a previous article, I may have given you the impression that inbreeding  is the only reason purebred dogs have so many health problems. That's definitely not true.

The first  reason purebred dogs have so many health problems is...

  1. Too much inbreeding

The second  reason purebred dogs have so many health problems is...

  1. Some breeds are deformed

Many dog breeders have pushed Mother Nature beyond the breaking point by deliberately producing:

  • Pugs with such short faces that they have to snort and snuffle when they try to breathe – not to mention shallow eye sockets that protrude their eyes to the point where an eye might (literally!) pop out of its socket if the dog pulls too hard on the leash
  • Bulldogs who join the Pug in being unable to breathe easily, plus with such deep chests and bowed legs that they have to waddle – and about 75% of them are affected by a joint disease called hip dysplasia
  • Saint Bernards with loose hanging jowls, which drool and slobber and are prone to lip infections
  • Dachshunds with such weak vertebrae in their long backbones that an astonishing one in four  will suffer a crippling or paralyzing disk injury during their life
  • Chinese Shar-Peis with such heavy wrinkles that the eyelids of some puppies sag and must be surgically "tacked up" so the pup can keep his eyes open
  • German Shepherds with such sloped backs that the base of their tail is practically touching the ground and their long jackrabbit-like legs are tucked under them, leading to horrendous joint problems
  • Cocker Spaniels with such long narrow ear canals that chronic ear infections are the number one health problem in the breed
  • Yorkshire Terriers with such tiny mouths that there isn't enough room for strong healthy teeth
  • "Teacup" Chihuahuas with such miniaturized internal organs that they can't keep their blood sugar levels regulated so they suffer from hypoglycemic attacks and even coma
  • Great Danes with such massive bodies that their bones and joints and heart breaks down early and their typical lifespan is less than 10 years old

You've heard of natural selection, where Nature "selects" the best traits for survival? Well, a good number of health problems in our modern dogs are actually the result of man's UNNATURAL selection. Shame on him.

Michele Welton with BuffyAbout the author: Michele Welton has over 40 years of experience as a Dog Trainer, Dog Breed Consultant, and founder of three Dog Training Centers. An expert researcher and author of 15 books about dogs, she loves helping people choose, train, and care for their dogs.

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