This is a topic that causes much heated debate between breeders and many will tell you very different stories about it. Usually the most
vocal are the breeders that don’t test and are like the ostrich that buries his head in the sand. Sure ‘most' wont willingly sell you a genetically defective kitten or one with a disease, however many genetic problems and diseases can stay masked
for weeks, months or even years. You will hear from many breeders ‘my cats are fine, I have no need to test, I’ve been breeding for over 20 years and never had a problem!’. That’s a very big claim, when dealing with any living animal
there are ALWAYS going to be problems (just like there is with people) - that’s a fact, it’s how one deals with those problems is what makes a breeder a ‘good breeder’.
With current science and technology it makes my blood boil to think some people just ignore the problems associated with specific breeds and the problems associated with running a breeding program, especially when so much can be done
to prevent genetic disorders, disease and hereditary problems.
As far as we're concerned as long as the science is available to minimise,
prevent and eventually irradicate disease and genetic conditions from specific cat breeds then thats what we will always strive to do.