Bernese Mountain Dog Questions

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Bernese Mountain Dog Questions

A Visitor asked the following question on 10/9/2007
I have been reading that in-breeding in all breeds of dogs has introduced a genetic predisposition to cancer. Does anyone know of Bernese Mountain Dog breeders that screen for a reduced chance of cancer?

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7/20/09 All I can do as a breeder is not inbreed which I do not and have little respect for those that do. Inbreeding may double up on the good but it also doubles up on the bad. Breeders that have no knowledge of their blood lines are the biggest problem. Secondly use bloodlines that have shown good longevity in there breeding dogs. I believe that poor quality of life (home alone all day) and poor diet is the biggest contributor to cancer. There is a huge increase in cancer in people as well, but we are not inbreeding. Bernadette