The quest to create the “perfect” dog may be contributing to a genetic health crisis among purebreds. A lack of genetic testing, mating of closely related animals, and breed standards that encourage extreme features over health have been blamed for a host of health problems facing scores of breeds today.
"The Purebred Paradox,"
ANIMAL SHELTERING: Vol. 2010
, Article 6.
Available at: https://animalstudiesrepository.org/animshel/vol2010/iss5/6