Health tests recommended for breeding stock
The Hungarian Pumi is a healthy breed but as a precaution breeders should test their breeding stock before planning a litter. For the breed to remain healthy it is important that dogs have undergone the following tests. Ask to see documentation when inquiring about a litter.
EYE TESTS All puppies from all litters to be eye tested, between 6 – 8 weeks of age by an ophthalmologist on the KC/BVA panel. Puppies showing no signs of any eye disease will be accepted as interim clear. Because of the uncertainty of the results obtained for some conditions, in young puppies , all stock should be re-tested before being bred from and those affected must not be bred from.
HIP DYSPLASIA Hip Dysplasia is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that, in its more severe from, can eventually cause crippling pain and painful arthritis of the joints. It is a genetic (polygenic) trait that is affected by environmental factors.
DM or DEGENERATIVE MYELOPATHY Degenerative Myelopathy is a devastating disease causing progressive paralysis in a large number of dogs breeds New research has identified a gene that is associated with a major increase in the risk of the disease. The test is done by a simple cheek swab & sent to the appropriate laboratory for testing. Dogs can be declared Clear, Carrier or genetically affected
PRIMARY LENS LUXATION (PLL) Primary Lens Luxation (PLL) is another inherited condition that affect many breeds of dog. It is characterized by movement of the lens away from its normal location of the eye. This may result in blindness in affected adult dogs. A mutation has been identified by researchers at the Animal Health Trust which causes PLL. It is inherited as a recessive trait. A simple cheek swab can be performed & analysed by the appropriate lab. Dogs can be Clear Carrier/Affected.
No dog with bad hips, DM affected or PLL should ever be bred from.
PATELLAR LUXATION IN DOGS Patella luxation occurs when the dog’s kneecap (patella) is dislocated form its normal anatomic position in the groove of the thigh bone (femur). When th kneecap is dislocated from the groove of the thigh bone, it can only be returned to its normal position once the quadriceps muscles in the hind legs of the animal relax and lengthen. It is for this reason that most dogs with this condition will hold their hind legs up for a few minutes. It is important for the patella(kneecap) to be stable so that the dog’s movement is not affected.