The Kennel Club has just released the results of a major survey of the health and lifespans of pedigree dogs.
The 2014 Pedigree Breed Health Survey is the biggest ever of its type: it was sent to 385,000 owners, including 215 breeds. Responses were received from owners of 191 breeds, representing 43,207 living dogs and 5,684 deceased dogs. This is a significant sample size which is likely to give a reasonable reflection of the general pedigree dog population.
For vets in practice, like myself, who treat dogs every day, the report doesn’t contain any great surprises, but there are still some interesting facts.