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Online Dating Site for Dogs Launched

by Kathy Jones on  May 29, 2011 at 2:48 PM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
In a sign of moving with the times, Kennel Club has launched an online dating site for dogs.

The website has been launched to ensure pedigree puppies are healthy and free from genetic problems.
 Online Dating Site for Dogs Launched
Online Dating Site for Dogs Launched
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Mate Select is the brainchild of the club - whose primary objective is "to promote in every way, the general improvement of dogs" and will connect pedigree dog breeders.

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It aims to put an end to genetic problems caused by some breeders mating dogs who are too closely related, or "inbred".

The club is hoping that the website will make such problems less likely.

"Mate Select is intended to help breeders and puppy buyers to safeguard the future health of pedigree dogs," the Sky News quoted Kennel Club spokesperson as saying.

"It basically enables breeders to perform hypothetical matings online and see what impact a mating will have on the genetic diversity (ie the long term health and viability) of the breed that they love.

"It will enable breeders to begin to assess the impact that a proposed mating between Kennel Club registered dogs will have on the genetic diversity of a breed. The service is intended to safeguard the future of pedigree breeds," the spokesperson added.

Puppy buyers are also being taken into consideration.

"It also enables puppy buyers to find out health test results for the parents of potential puppies that they buy," the spokeswoman said.

"This will help to stop people falling into the hands of backstreet dealers, as the results of every single dog registered with the Kennel Club are on this site and so everything is transparent."

"There is nothing of this kind out there for dog breeders and puppy buyers - although clearly there is a need - and we believe it will make a huge difference to the health of puppies and dog breeds," spokeswoman added.

Source: ANI
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