Survey Results

To participate in our health and longevity survey please fill out the survey above or click on the link below

longevity and health survey

In 1999 I surveyed over 300 owners of my dogs by the slow and laborious process of snail mail and for many years reported these results here

With Survey Monkey, collecting information became much easier and from 2011 to 2013 I carried out an online survey of as many owners as I could contact. The goal of the survey was to find out how our dogs are performing, what problems we have encountered and how we can do better in the future. We received 522 responses and many people answered all 42 questions which was a mammoth task. Unfortunately I could only reach a small number of owners of dogs born before 2000 because of the changes in email addresses over the years, so the majority of dogs in the survey were less than 12 years old.

I am very grateful to the people who took the time to fill out what was a very long and complicated survey covering physical description, temperament and health. Thank you all very much.

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I’ve cited a lot of statistics from veterinary research but haven’t put the references in because this is my web site and not a scientific journal. If anyone is interested in a statistic I quote and would like to know more, please get back to me and I can send you the reference.

This is a “full disclosure” of the results of my survey. You will find, if you look through these results, that my dogs aren’t perfect and some owners have been disappointed. In all cases where we have found problems I have taken steps to improve the advice I give, the predictions I can make about my dogs and the decisions I make in my breeding program.

If you do find someone claiming to breed perfect dogs – ask them to show you their figures.