Research vets have been asked by the economic affairs ministry to investigate potential inherited deformities in pedigree Labrador dogs and Persian cats.
Intensive breeding means many Labradors now suffer from hip and joint deformities or have problems with their eyes. Persian cats also suffer from eye deformities as well as breathing and kidney problems, junior economic affairs minister Sharon Dijksma said in a briefing for MPs.
Vets are already looking at inherited deformities associated with French bulldogs and chihuahaus. Other breeds will also come under the spotlight in the future, Dijksma said.
The results will be used to ‘remind’ breeders and pedigree societies of ‘their responsibilities’.