Demography and disorders of German Shepherd Dogs under primary veterinarycare in the UK

O'Neill, D G and Coulson, N R and Church, D B and Brodbelt, D C (2017) Demography and disorders of German Shepherd Dogs under primary veterinarycare in the UK. Canine Genetics and Epidemiology, 4 (7).

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Abstract

The German Shepherd Dog (GSD) has been widely used for a variety of working roles. However, concerns for the health and welfare of the GSD have been widely aired and there is evidence that breed numbers are now in decline in the UK. Accurate demographic and disorder data could assist with breeding and clinical prioritisation. The VetCompassTM Programme collects clinical data on dogs under primary veterinary care in the UK. This study included all VetCompassTM dogs under veterinary care during 2013. Demographic, mortality and clinical diagnosis data on GSDs were extracted and reported.

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