I would like to highlight how important it is too not only make sure you have a dog that is fit for purpose ; Whether that be showing, gundogs, agility etc. how important the dogs health is also.
It may seem very obvious when a lot of us do the best for our canine friends and workers, But do we really know how healthy they are?
Health testing is that extra bit of science out there to help breeders and the alike to help choose wisely, when picking a mate for their bitch.
When we say "health-testing" we don't just mean taking it to a vets for inoculations and a once over. "Health-checks" consist of the 6 monthly - 1 year check ups with your vet. They have a look at their heart rate, teeth, weight, claws, check for fleas and general health, whilst also giving them jabs for diseases - Parvo virus, Distemper, Leptospirosis, Hepatitis and kennel cough if needed. Everything you can see on the outside and hear through a stethoscope.

"Health testing" all depends on what breed of dog you have. As we have springers I will use that as an example.
The schemes relevant to the breed are -
  • BVA/KC/ISDS - Eye scheme including gonioscopy.
  • DNA test Fuco
  • DNA test PRA (cord 1) 
  • BVA/KC Hip Dysplasia Scheme
  • DNA Test PFK
  • Bitches not to be bred from under 20 months
  • Bitches not to produce more than one litter in 12 months

Please click on the links under our header regarding these tests. Information taken from the Kennel Club website.

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