I bet this topic might stir up heated feelings, but i hope not. I've discussed this before on other boards, and wow, sometimes fires fly at the very idea. But, before you hit the keyboard to scream me out, maybe take a moment and do even a small amount of research. and People are certainly free to believe what they want to believe, and there's no reason to be mean about it, whatever you believe. (i've been called names for saying what i am about to say) We all love dogs, we are all doing the best we can, with what we understand so far. I know, i was a huge fool about dog food, for decades, i didn't know any better, and i am still learning on that one. I was recently discussing this on another thread. I too, used to think having a title, meant the dog was free of illness, or a superior specimen healthwise, but, there are plennnnnty of instances, when the 'titled' dog, is carrying genes for illness/deformities, and even directly suffering from them himself. But, most ppl think like i used to--------- if the dog has a title, he's a-okay. but, it's a myth. I was shocked when i researched this, and learned more on that. Kinda the same way i was shocked when i discovered, late in life, that store bought dog food is often crappy dog food. (heh heh, it might be just ME, it might be *i* am just 'easy to shock', ha ha) In fact, there ARE amazing, dedicated breeders who breed specifically to remove the health problems that are so rampant among purebreds, but, such breeders are only 5% of all breeders. One reason is, this testing is terribly terribly expensive. 85% of breeders are backyard breeders, with zero health testing done at all. Some feel if both parents have 'papers', they are good to go. Papers mean nothing at all, except the person paid money to the AKC. that's it, that is all papers mean. Title means a bit more, but in NO WAY indicates their health was ever ever tested, unless health testing is specifically pointed at, as in OFA certificate. Of the remaining 15% of breeders, 10% do "some" testing, but not nearly enough testing. and the rare 5% do extensive testing, researching the entire family tree of both parents, including blood tests, xrays, all kinds of testing is done, but that HISTORY of grandparents, great grandparents, etc, health, is very important too. Consider watching this. Witness a King Charles Spaniel, standing there with his "BEST IN SHOW" ribbons----from CRUFTS!! while suffering from the horrific sryngomyelia. and no, USA is no better, do not try to point at this and say, "But, but, that is Britain, is USA, we don't do that". Yes, we do. In USA, even mother/son matings can get papers, and no health testing is req'd. Warning some of this may be disturbing to watch: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/pedigree-dogs-exposed/ Above is part one of six parts of this documentary, the links to parts 2 through 5 can be found in the videos next to that one. ANYWAY, i never ever ever see harm in thinking. In wondering. In learning and researching. i just don't. And questioning. And i know, on DogTrick Academy, THERE ARE LOTS OF TRUE DOG LOVERS. so i just wanted to give others who may not have ever considered whether a "registered" dog, or a "purebred" dog, IS healthier or not, a chance to think it over and at least, QUESTION it. I am not smart enough, to fully understand what can be done, to change this, and since there is money involved, that always makes changing things more difficult........... BUT IF ANYONE WANTS TO SHARE THEIR IDEAS OF WHAT COULD BE DONE TO CHANGE THE PLIGHT OF THE PUREBRED, feel free to post them.