What sort of genetic problems do they have that breeders check breeding stock for?

Currently breeders check for:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Hereditary eye defects
    • Cataracts
    • 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.