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Dogs and cats of the future - pedigree breeding


Australia is a nation of pet owners. Indeed the incidence of pet ownership in Australia is one of the highest in the world, with an estimated 63% of Australia's 7.5 million households owning some kind of pet (53% owning a cat or dog)

The rich variety of breeds available to the pet-buying public is maintained by pedigree breeders.

For a variety of reasons, some breed standards and some selection practices that have developed over the years run counter to the health and welfare of pure-bred companion animals. This is one of several, major problems that pedigree companion animal breeding faces. The Faculty of Veterinary Science has long been committed to helping breeders to resolve these problems, by identifying specific problems and applying current scientific knowledge to their solution.

The problems we face

  • Welfare and quality of life in some pedigree dogs is compromised by some breed standards.
  • The incidence of certain inherited defects in some breeds seems unacceptably high but is largely unknown.
  • There is a perception that close inbreeding (e.g. mother-to-son, brother-to-sister) is commonly practiced, leading to a serious loss of genetic diversity and an increase in the incidence of inherited disorders