Currently breeders check for:
- Hip dysplasia
- Elbow dysplasia
- Hereditary eye defects
- Progressive retinal atrophy - Retinal folds/dysplasia
- Tricupsid valve dysplasia (Heart related, testing only in some lines).
Using "Optigen testing" they also evaluate new DNA markers for prcd-PRA - Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA). PRA refers to a group of diseases that cause the retina of the eye to degenerate slowly over time. The result is declining vision and eventual blindness. “prcd” stands for “progressive rod-cone degeneration” which is the type of PRA known in several breeds).
Make sure your puppy's parents have had proper clearances...ask to see them.