In 2004 the Kennel Club and British Small Animal Veterinary Association joined with the Animal Health Trust to carry out a survey of pedigree dogs in UK.  A questionnaire was devised and sent to owners to try and identify which health conditions were present in each breed.  The questionnaires were circulated by breed clubs to their members.

The questionnaire was divided into different sections with questions on the health of the owner’s dogs, breeding, causes of death and birth defects in any puppies.

Where the breed response was 15% or greater, breed clubs received detailed feedback on the results which the Kennel Club felt should help with the recognition and control of important conditions in specific breeds.  It further felt that Data gathered would be the baseline against which the success of future control schemes can be measured.

The Irish Setter breed response was 24%.

The following link is to the results of this survey: