Active and happy lives are the goal and purpose of extensive health testing.

Active and happy lives are the goal and purpose of extensive health testing.

GENETIC TESTING

Our adult breeding dogs have been tested extensively prior to breeding, including hips, eyes, elbows, and genetic disorders to ensure the health of our dogs and the puppies as well.

PRCD-PRA

PRA is a hereditary group of diseases that cause the retina to degenerate slowly over time. The disease results in declining vision and eventual blindness. “prcd” stands for “progressive rod-cone degeneration” which is the type of PRA known in several breeds. This is a hereditary disease, therefore, we pay careful attention to be sure that we only breed dogs that won’t produce PRA affected puppies.

OFA Cardiac Heart Screening

Canine congenital heart diseases are malformations of the heart or great vessels. The lesions characterizing congenital heart defects are present at birth and may develop more fully over time. Many congenital heart defects are thought to be genetically transmitted; however, the exact modes of inheritance have not been determined for all cardiovascular malformations. All of our breeding dogs will have passed a cardiac exam prior to joining our program.

OFA Hip and Elbow

  • This is a Hip and Elbow test used prior to breeding specifically to address: Carpal subluxation, Elbow dysplasia, Epiphyseal dysplasia, Fragmented coronoid process, Hip dysplasia, Hypertrophic osteodystrophy, Multiple epiphyseal dysplasia, Muscular dystrophy, Osteochondrosis, Osteogenesis imperfecta, Patella luxation, and Shoulder dysplasia. We don’t want any of our puppies to suffer from hip problems so we pay careful attention to hip scores and breed only those dogs who pass testing.

CERF Eye Exams

  • This one eye exam is used to identify 20 possible disorders including: Progressive retinal atrophy, Cataract, Coloboma, Dacryocystitis, Distichiasis, Ectropion, Entropion, Epiphora, Glaucoma, Hemeralopia, Iris atrophy, Lacrimal duct atresia, Lens luxation, Microphthalmia, Optic nerve hypoplasia, Pannus, Persistent hyaloid artery, Persistent pupillary membrane, Retinal detachment, Retinal dysplasia.