Are mixed breeds protected from genetic conditions? Not always

05/29/2013 | PhysOrg.com

Mixed breeds may not be better off than purebred dogs regarding genetic disorders, according to a paper published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association that may help experts modify breeding practices to combat certain conditions. Some conditions, such as elbow dysplasia and dilated cardiomyopathy, occur more often among purebred dogs, while mixed breeds are more likely to suffer conditions such as a ruptured cranial cruciate ligament in the knee. "[T]he prevalence of these genetic disorders among purebred and mixed-breed dogs depends on the specific condition," said animal physiologist Anita Oberbauer.

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