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Regarding the 2015 news story: "Calgary Bulldog breeder fined over distressed ‘designer’ dogs". The Alberta Veterinary Medical Association would like to reiterate our support for the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)'s position on dog breeding.

Originally published by the CVMA on July 6, 2015 (and updated in 2019):



The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (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, the 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.

The 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.

Click here to read the entire position statement.


Also see the news release from CVMA on extreme breeding that was published after the flight in June 2020 from the Ukraine to Canada where 38 dogs died during the flight.