Discusses mechanisms responsible for disseminating inherited diseases in pedigree dogs and examines the tools available to improve the health and welfare of those breeds most severely affected.
Discusses the welfare problems faced by pedigreed dogs as a result of the quest for adherence to breed standards.
Examines whether humans have done more harm than gpood in selecting for certain traits when breeding pedigreed dogs.
Examines the role of the sow in improving piglet welfare in loose-farrowing systems.
Reviews recent literature investigating genetic diversity and the incidence of inbreeding in purebred dogs as well as exploring the consequences of these breeding practices on the welfare of animals.