Dogs have been inbred for a large range of reasons, from creating a dog that does not shed for asthmatics to altering appearance for show dogs. However, this inbreeding does not go without a cost.The practice means that the genetic variation of the parent dogs are too similar and this causes danger to their offspring's heath.

The most common reasons for inbreeding dogs

Inbreeding of dogs first began because people wanted to enhance certain qualities of their canines. These qualities include physical appearance, temperament and working abilities. The desires of having the most beautiful show dog, the safe family friendly breed and the hard working canine have spurred the intervention in the natural process of breeding.

Breeding dogs has become a #hobby among people and continues in many places around the world today. While inbreeding of different canines can be carried out safely, the human intervention in the reproduction of another species is questionable. Inbreeding is a controversial topic and while there are benefits to it one has to ask are the benefits solely for the people or the dogs? There is much evidence to suggest our canine friends suffer in the long term. Simply comparing dog breeds from the 1900's to #dogbreeds today one can see the massive difference to the canines. The question to ask is, is it worth it?

What are the effects of inbreeding on dogs physically?

Inbreeding has caused many physical disabilities for the canines in the animal kingdom.

If one is to look at the pug for example, the original physique of the breed had protruding snouts and a longer, more structured body. However, due to the inbreeding of this animal with other breeds the pug now has a squashed snout and a small hunched body type. These changes cause difficulties in breathing, a range of eye issues, intestinal issues, neurological issues as well as problems with their legs.

Inbreeding increases the Dangers to dogs' health as it results in these changes which are not natural to the species and lowers the immune system. In many cases, these changes are regarded to as mutations. Mutations being defined as alterations to genes.

Health risks

The dangers to the animal itself create doubt about the success stories of inbreeding.

Inbreeding of other animals, not only of the canine variety, increases the dangers to animals' health and often times results in offspring with genetic abnormalities and widespread health issues. To conclude, inbreeding of dogs seems to have more negative than positive effects and leads to unwarranted health difficulties throughout their lives.