[Exaggerated breed characteristics in dogs]

Tijdschr Diergeneeskd. 2012 Jan;137(1):24-9.
[Article in Dutch]


Dutch dog owners seem to be aware of bad dog breeding practices with regard to exaggerated breed characteristics that are detrimental to the dog's welfare. Yet they do not always look for these features when buying a dog. Most dog owners think that veterinarians could have an important role in preventing these exaggerated physical traits, by providing information about these traits and taking action in their capacity as veterinarian. Articles 36 and 55 of the Dutch GWWD (animal health and welfare law) provide opportunities to act against the breeding of dogs with exaggerated genetic traits.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Animal Welfare* / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Animals
  • Breeding*
  • Dogs / genetics*
  • Dogs / physiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Legislation, Veterinary
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Netherlands
  • Physician's Role*
  • Public Opinion
  • Social Desirability
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Young Adult