Why dog shows could be deadly for Alsatians: Animals are dying from muscular and skeletal problems because of selective breeding



German shepherd dogs are dying from musculoskeletal problems following selective breeding for shows, it has been warned.
The Royal Veterinary College says breeding to make the dogs ‘desirable in the show ring’ may be affecting their health.
Its study of nearly half a million German shepherds in Britain found around one in six died from musculoskeletal disorders, with almost 15 per cent dying from an ‘inability to stand’.
Experts warn the dogs, also known as Alsatians, are potentially being harmed by breeding for cosmetic traits including lower hindquarters and a sloping back.
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28 July 2017 in Science &Technology, Views: 40
Source: Daily Mail
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