You may be aware that some breeds of dog (and crossbreeds too) can be susceptible to inherited disease. Of course you want to be sure that the dog you choose is as healthy as possible, and you would like to know that it has not inherited any undesirable disease-causing genes from its parents. There is some help in that DNA tests for diseases in purebred dogs are available for some conditions in some breeds, but there are not very many such tests just yet! There are also, however, a number of clinical veterinary screening schemes that dog breeders can use to increase the probability of producing healthy puppies.
Details of the various screening schemes, both veterinary and DNA, that are available to breeders in the UK can be found at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/doghealth
Potential dog owners should be aware that, at present, the application of various health screening results to breeding programmes is not always straightforward, and breeders may make choices for various reasons. A responsible breeder though, will always be willing to discuss relevant health issues with you. Breed clubs are often useful sources of breed-specific information.
Schemes or advice relevant to this breed
Kennel Club Assured Breeders must use the following screening schemes for sires and dams
Kennel Club Assured Breeders are strongly recommended to use the following screening schemes and/or advice for sires and dams
|Bitches not to produce a litter under two years of age
|Bitches not to produce more than four litters in their lifetime
The list above is not necessarily comprehensive, other available health tests can be found at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/media/14688/dnatestsworldwide.pdf or for further advice please contact your local breed club.