Finally the Kennel Club have got the numbers for effective population in dog breeds and you have to remember they paid for this research and I have yet to ever read research that truly bites the hand that feeds.
It was thought that you need at least 100 individuals to have an effective population, but recently it has been considered that alarm bells should start to go off if an effective population drops to 500. So the facts are from the paper that out of 215 Kennel Club breeds that only 2 of these breeds have an effective population over 500 and 84 have an effective population under 100, with 36 with an effective population under 50. This is not good news, but you would not think it by the conclusion to the paper which can be found here http://www.cgejournal.org/content/2/1/13.
Three blogs that I read regularly go in to more blistering depth on this and give good links to articles to understand fully, why this is not good news. "The Terrierman's Daily Dose" starts his blog on this with the title "Cancer at the Kennel Club" and can be read here http://terriermandotcom.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/cancer-at-kennel-club.html
The "Pedigree Dogs Exposed" starts her blog on this with the title
"BREAKING NEWS: a quarter of UK dog breeds so inbred they could face extinction" and can be read here http://pedigreedogsexposed.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/news-quarter-of-dog-breeds-so-inbred.html
And lastly a must read about this from the blog "The Institute of Canine Biology" written by Carol Beuchat PhD, Genetic status of purebred dogs in the UK to really understand why the Kennel Club effective population figures are not good news.
Someone I think needs to tell the Kennel Club, "Denial ain't just a river in Egypt."- Mark Twain.
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Me with Bumble and Blottie, waiting patiently to be unleashed, November 2018
Hello, I am Jane, you might of guessed, I love dogs. We are situated in the North Devon countryside, England, United Kingdom. Our home is occupied by my husband, David, our children, pack of dogs and me.