Terrierman has a post on a new report, commissioned by the RSPCA, on the health of pedigree dogs in the UK. Links to the summary report and the full 76 page report are at the end. Excerpt:
To date, breeding practices and efforts by breed societies and kennel clubs have been ineffective at protecting the welfare of many breeds of domestic dog. Therefore, to safeguard the future of pedigree dogs, changes in breeding practice are urgently required, and for some breeds more drastic measures will be needed.
Worth reading when you have some quiet time to devote to it.