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Some dog owners do everything in their power to justify buying a “purebred” dog over adopting a mixed breed or a mutt. They may claim the dogs have better genetics or more predictable health outcomes, but a new report from Nationwide shows they may also have significantly higher rates of cancer. Using data gathered from pet insurance claims, the company discovered that purebred dogs are nearly twice as likely to have a cancer claim than mixed-breed dogs.

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According to a press release, researchers studied cancer claims for 1.61 million dogs and found that the “relative risk for a cancer claim in all purebreds is approximately double (188.5%) that for all non-purebreds (mixed-breeds and crossbreds combined).”

Thankfully, the report also noted that mixed breeds are becoming increasingly popular, with many people opting for poodle-mix breeds over purebred poodles, golden retrievers, or labrador retrievers.

We know that breed discrimination is a real issue and removing dog breeds from shelters increases the percentage of “less desirable” breeds being adopted. With this new data regarding increased cancer rates in purebred dogs, it’s just another reason to stop supporting breeders and adopt a mutt instead.

Sign this petition to put an end to dog breeding.

To reduce the number of suffering dogs on the streets and dogs who are euthanized, it’s important to adopt instead of shop for a dog and never support breeding. Familiarize yourself with tips for adopting so you’re well prepared and read about why breeding dogs is a problem, even if the breeder is “reputable.” 

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