Kennel Club News Release

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NEW RESEARCH REVEALS PREVALENCE OF HEALTH CONDITIONS IN UK’S DOG POPULATION
Large scale study published on disorders in 192 Kennel Club recognised breeds will help to improve health of Britain’s much-loved pedigree dogs


For those of you who may wonder what this means for the Border Terrier, Our Dogs have included a report on this and will be making further comments on it next week.
 
Having consulted our Breed Health Group member and other Officers of the Club, we understand it to mean good news regarding Border Terriers and believe it means that of the 41 breeds featured, Border Terriers had the third highest number of conditions on which to report a significantly lower prevalence than the average prevalence for all the breeds.
 
It for example says in the report: “Figure 2, showing significantly higher and lower within breed prevalence of diseases/conditions than the overall prevalence, allows identification of breeds which are generally less prone to disorders. For example, the Cocker Spaniel, currently the second most popular breed as judged by Kennel Club registrations, while having four diseases/conditions occurring at a higher prevalence (anal gland impaction, blocked tear ducts, keratoconjunctivitis sicca and pancreatitis), has a within breed prevalence lower than the overall prevalence for 13 disorders: alopecia/baldness, arthritis, chronic itching, cruciate disease, dermatitis, elbow dysplasia, epilepsy, hip dysplasia, hypersensitivity (allergic) skin disorder, seizure, skin tumours, umbilical hernia and urinary incontinence.

The Border Terrier is more prone to just one disorder (seizures), while being less prone to five conditions: arthritis, elbow dysplasia, lipoma, skin tumours and umbilical hernia.”