Britain’s Daily Telegraph reports:
Many of Britain’s most popular dog breeds could be extinct within 50 years because they are so inbred, vets have warned.
Some pedigrees are suffering from a range of worsening health problems because they are being bred from a shrinking gene pool in an effort to create the most sought-after physical characteristics.
Many breeds will die out as a result of hereditary diseases, the vets warn.
Dachshunds, bred to have longer bodies and shorter legs, are increasingly prone to arthritis even if many are living longer than ever.