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Health

Health

All our dogs have been thoroughly tested for soundness at significant expense, for physical (hips, elbows, eyes, & heart), and genetic (see Paw Print Genetics link) health issues that can be potentially passed to subsequent generations.  Recommended (Labrador) recessive issues we test for include:  Dilute, PRA, PRCD, EIC, HNPK, Degenerative Myelopathy, Centronuclear Myopathy, Retinal Dysplasia/Oculoskeletal Dysplasia, and Skeletal Dysplasia.
Genetic testing has become very important for reputable breeders in order to carefully evaluate their parent dogs for potential recessive (non-presenting) disease issues!  For each test a dog can be:  Normal, Carrier, or At-Risk (affected).  Puppies inherit traits (dominant and recessive) — half from each parent.  Normal means that your dog has two copies of the normal DNA sequence for the gene being tested.  Carrier means that your dog carries one copy of the normal and one copy of the mutation, but is not affected.  For a recessive disease issue to manifest itself in offspring, both parents must be “carriers” for the specific disease trait.  If one parent is a “carrier” and one is “normal”, some puppies may be born “carriers”; however, none will be “affected”.  This is precisely why genetic testing is so critical!

Our dogs have great bone and joint structure (see PennHip results), which also tends to be passed to offspring.  PennHip is currently the most accurate assessment of overall and predictable long-term hip joint health and potential incidence of hip dysplasia.  Given their incredible results, we will wait to conduct OFA screening until they are two years old, so it does not have to be repeated.  While we cannot predict long-term physical outcomes with 100% certainty, the clearances do give peace of mind that you will not have to deal with the heartbreak of a serious, preventable malady.  Did you know there are 41 genetically passable issues, just for eyes alone, that an CAER/CERF exam can identify?!