The Problem With Dogs Bred for Research

THE PROBLEM WITH DOGS BRED FOR RESEARCH

How Big is the Problem?

Approximately 60,000 dogs are used for research in the United States, both in the pharmaceutical industry and for other types of biomedical research, including heart research, surgery, dental health and studies of hereditary diseases.   


How are these dogs bred?

Most dogs used in research are purchased from licensed commercial breeders that sell “purpose-bred” dogs specifically for research. These breeders often offer devocalization services (a surgical procedure that makes it physically impossible for the dog to bark) so that barking dogs do not disturb lab technicians.

Learn more about dogs bred for research:

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