NBC Today Show - Story on pedigree dogs and dangers
I was only able to catch the last few minutes of this story but it appears as though this has been a major problem in the UK and it is being fully exposed in a BBC special tonight. The problem, as it was stated, is with breeders now inbreeding dogs to the point of bother / sister - Father / sister - Mother / son, etc.
This is causing huge health risks and problems for these dogs and people that purchase them are not being told of the increased risk. It is also not healthy and normal for the dogs.
I'll try and watch the special this evening if I can and report back what I learn here tomorrow. This is why we have pushed SO hard for people to adopt. First of all pets need to be adopted so that they can be saved from certain death at the shelter. Second, mixed breed pets seem - for the most part - to be better adjusted and healthier.
Now with that said I don't want to throw all breeders in the camp. It can be done in a way that reduces the health risk for the dog. I would just caution that you make sure the breeder you choose is someone you completely trust!