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An English bulldogThere are growing concerns about the health and welfare of pedigree dogs.

Although purebreds are often seen as the best of the pack, in reality they can be prone to a host of genetic disorders, turning a cute puppy in to an adult medical disaster.

Vets say much of the distress could be avoided, so is enough being done ?

To what extent are so-called Designer dogs the answer?

Sue Ingram investigates.

Photo: An English bulldog; one of the breeds vets are most concerned about