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CVMA Supports Dog Breeding if it Provides a High Level of Care, Physical and Psychological Well-Being

April 10, 2019

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) revised its dog breeding position statement. CVMA supports the breeding of dogs only when it is undertaken by those who are committed to providing a high level of care for their dogs, and to supporting their dogs’ physical and psychological well-being. 

Likewise, CVMA only supports the breeding of dogs by those who strive to produce offspring that are predisposed to a good quality of life. A good quality of life is one in which dogs normally experience a state of physical, psychological, and social well-being, without disease or chronic illness.

CVMA opposes the selective breeding of dogs resulting in changes in body form, function, coat colour, or temperament, that are potentially detrimental to the quality of life of the resulting progeny.

Read the position in its entirety here.

This position paper applies to the breeding of any two dogs whether the resulting progeny are considered purebred or hybrids. It does not apply to the mating of a domesticated dog to another Canid species. Further information on this subject can be found in the CVMA’s Code of Practice for Canadian Kennel Operations (2018).