An online 'dating' site has been launched to help owners of pedigree dogs possibly avoid the need for pet medication in the future.
The Mate Select service, which has been set up by the Kennel Club, is designed to help owners of pedigree dogs find out what genetic impact will occur if the animal breeds with another.
It is hoped that the dating service will help prevent genetic diseases being passed on to puppies and encourage genetic diversity in breeds.
Professor Jeff Sampson, Kennel Club chief scientific adviser, told the Daily Telegraph: "Mate Select is a groundbreaking service that will enable breeders to match the compatibility of two dogs based on the contribution that they will make to the long-term health and genetic diversity of the breed.
He added that genetic diversity is important as this will allow future generations of pedigrees to survive.
Dog owners may want to head to the LovePets Show, which takes place on September 3rd and 4th at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh.