Breed Update Newsletter

 Breeder Updates Newsletter
The Purina® Pro Plan® Breed Update newsletters cover the latest research advances in canine health and genetics for specific dog breeds, plus there is a general dog newsletter. Explore our archive of articles or use the filters to access specific information.

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An outgoing, friendly breed, the Labrador Retriever is often described as an ideal companion. Natural sporting dogs, Labradors glow with enthusiasm whether training for retrieving water blinds or a bumper thrown from a dock.
Canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS) is an irreversible degeneration of the brain similar to the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease in people.
Osteosarcoma, or bone cancer, is a tough, complicated malignancy. No one knows exactly what causes osteosarcoma; however, large and giant breeds are considered to be at higher risk due to their size and weight.
As sentinels of breed health, parent clubs turn to dog breeders and owners to gather information. Their ability to understand the changing demographics of disease incidence is pivotal to breed improvement and sometimes even breed survival.
A fertility study in male Great Danes is exploring factors that affect sperm function. Considered the largest male fertility study in a single breed, this research is an important first step.
The discovery of a potential link between the stealth bacterial pathogen Bartonella and hemangiosarcoma (HSA) is casting new light on the top cancer concern in Golden Retrievers.

Terrier breeders who have had dogs that suffer from primary lens luxation (PLL), a painful, genetic eye disorder that often leads to blindness, shared relief when the gene mutation was discovered last fall by researchers at the University of Missouri, and t

A new therapy for canine lymphoma that was first used in human medicine offers promise in treating the one in four Boxers affected by the cancer. The therapy, bone marrow transplantation, uses a dog’s own stem cells to stimulate bone marrow function and immune system recovery following radiation to kill cancer cells.

Chihuahua breeder Frieda Kane found her 5-year-old female, CH Guichon's Tika Toy ("Tika"), shaking out of control. Kane felt her heart beating fast as she ran to the dog. "I had just let the dogs inside, and she was missing.

Terrier breeders who have had dogs that suffer from primary lens luxation (PLL), a painful, genetic eye disorder that often leads to blindness, shared relief when the gene mutation was discovered last fall by researchers at the University of Missouri, and t