This article is from the Genetic Diseases in Dogs FAQ, by Gary Mason.
A concerted effort is required by everyone involved with purebred dogs
if genetic diseases are to be eliminated. Science is making progress,
but the time and expense required for the research point toward this
being a long term solution. In the short term, the situation must be
addressed using the tools at hand. Open registries for purebred dogs,
administered by their respective breed clubs or independent registry
organizations, appear to be the easiest and fastest way to a short
term solution. They could also provide valuable corroborative
information to genetic disease researchers. Cooperation between dog
breeders, researchers, prospective purchasers, and purebred dog
organizations at all levels is essential if genetically healthy dogs
are to become a reality.
One thing is certain -- without the continued attention of many
people, the situation can only get worse.