Mandatory health tests done on our girls and boys

30 days prior to heat season/mating.

 

All tests below MUST come back in a conclusively positive light - meaning...positive where the test indicates it should be positive - and negative where the test indicates it should be negative -

or a mating/breeding will be cancelled

Females

 

Complete accessed Head-to-Toe physical exam

Reproductive exam - Mammary chain palpation, palpation of the uterus...etc.

Vaginal Culture/Sensitivity

White blood count

Thyroid (T4) - if over 3 yrs. of age

Brucella canis serology test

 

Males

 

Complete accessed Head-to-Toe physical exam

Reproductive exam - size & consistency of testes, prostate palpation...etc.

Semen aerobic culture & sensitivity

Mycoplasma culture

Brucella canis serology test

 

Hips are x-rayed at 2 yrs. of age by two

licensed veterinary orthopedic specialists

If anyone at that point is deemed to have less than a score of ‘good’ they are altered and are ‘forced’ to live in the lap of retired luxury.

(Number of our dogs to have ‘failed’ this test to date - 0)

 

Eyes are examined at 2 yrs. of age by a

licensed Veterinary ophthalmologist

If anyone at this point is deemed to have less than a ‘clear’ rating

they are altered and, again, ‘forced’ to live in the lap of retired luxury.

(Number of our dogs to have ‘failed’ this test to date - 0)

 

 

 

DO NOT be led into a false sense of security by hip and/or eye tests on canines.

According to EVERY SINGLE veterinarian/specialist that we have ever talked to (and there have been literally dozens), these tests do NOT guarantee that the progeny of any mating will never have hip or eye issues.

Believe it or not, some breeders will use these tests

to jack-up their prices.

Even the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) and the AJVR (American Journal of Veterinary Research) state that MUCH more research is needed in these areas before

these tests can be conclusively deemed as mandatory,

or for that matter, necessary.

 

In other words, if you find a breeder that says they can guarantee that their pups will never have eye or hip issues…..they are, in fact, lying!

 

If you find a breeder that offers a

‘lifetime genetic guarantee’….

RUN...this always indicates someone who has not done any research what-so-ever into the genetic aspects of breeding!

 

Breeding two dogs together that both have scored an ‘excellent’ on the hip examine and have a rating of ‘clear’ on the eye exam DOES NOT guarantee a pup from this pair will be free and clear of these issues as well…..genetics just do NOT work that way!

 

Eye and hip problems can be genetic….but they can (and most times are) also be caused, inadvertently, by the owner being overly zealous in training (trauma to the affected area)...meaning - running the pup at too early of an age, allowing the pup to jump/fall off too high structures...etc...and, yes, unfortunately, harming the pup - whether by accident or on purpose.

Tests below done at 2 years of age