One of my hero's American-based vet and behaviour guru Dr Ian Dunbar has linked to this blog and has come up with a great positive suggestion - only breed your dog with a mate who is over seven years old, unrelated and healthy....
He says on the blog: "Longevity is simply the very best overall indicator of health, fit genes and good behavior and temperament."
Click here to his blog and the article he wrote in 1990 for the American Kennel Gazette - Eugenics or Dysgenics.
And if you don't know who Ian is please click here, please read his brilliant books, watch his unmatched videos and be just thoroughly embarrassed - it's bit like not knowing who Leonardo da Vinci is! Just read a great article on why America thinks it currently loves Cesar Milan when they should be loving Ian - click here for that! Says a great deal about the way society is moving I'm afraid....)
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