Golden Retriever Health
As with any dog breed Golden Retrievers are known to have some hereditary health conditions, which are inherited from parents to offspring. These problems include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, several eye diseases and a heart condition, sub aortic stenosis. Responsible breeders will only breed with dogs with clear heart and eye certificates, and with low hip & elbow scores. (that $700 bargin puppy in the trading post, HAS NOT been screened for any health conditions!)
At Camuka all breeding stock are tested for these conditions. You will be supplied with copies of all certificates if you purchase one of our puppies or use one of our stud dogs.
In most cases the mode of inheritance and the specific genes involved in these diseases are yet to be identified. Most of these conditions have complex causes and are the result of many different contributing factors. The combination of genes which predispose the dog to the disease must be inherited and then the dog is subjected to environmental stresses which exacerbate the condition. Most of these conditions are polygenic - caused by the cumulative effects of a number of genes.
The contributing environmental factors in hip and elbow dysplasia are the dog’s weight, the amount and type of exercise, and the puppy’s growth rate. These all contribute in the expression of the disease. Other diseases such as epilepsy are suspected to have a genetic basis, but the mode of inheritance has not been identified.
All Golden Retriever Breed clubs recommends that no dog with a serious genetic defect should be bred from.
An initiative introduced by the National Golden Retriever Council is for all Golden Retrievers born after 1 January 2002 to have their Hip Grading Certificates lodged with the state kennel club prior to the registration a litter.
The major diseases that Camuka screen for are:
The Golden Retriever Club Of Victoria, has excellent information on Hereditary diseases. found in the Golden Retriever.
The only proof a dog is free or tested for these conditions is to view a current recognized certificate, signed by a specialised veterinarian. Eye certificates must be up dated annually.
It is not good enough for someone to say "both parents are healthy, so no need to test" A dog may look healthy and have a serious underlying condition.
Conscientious breeders do ALL tests, and will only be to happy to show you the original certificates and discuss them.
Other genetic conditions breeders may test for:
A good article - Breakthroughs in Golden Retriever Health. (an article from the GRC of America on new DNA breakthroughs)
Other Health matters:
Stud and puppy enquiries welcome.
JANE & MARK HODGES
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