MEET OUR DOGS
Meet the current dogs that are available for breeding. We believe that as responsible breeders, we want only the best for our breeding program and therefore recommend that any future owner consider some of the following:
Although GSPs in general have good health, there are a few health concerns that any owner should be made aware of. GSPs are prone to hip dysplasia, a variety of eye disorders and subaortic stenonsis. Future owners should look for parents of the puppies to be cleared of the following:
Hip dysplasia - a certificate from OVC (Ontario Veterinary College) or OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) stating the dog has good to excellent joints. This is usually only a one-time test.
Eye disorders - a certificate that clears the animal from CERF or ECR (the new Eye Certificaton Registry under OFA). This certificate should state the eye exam was found to be normal by a Board Certified Canine Ophthalmologist - this should be done within one year of a planned breeding and should be an annual exam up until the age of six (6).
The parents should also be OFA Cardiac clear by a Board Certified Canine Cardiologist. This is also usually only a one-time test .
Due to recent developments, it is also recommended that GSP breeders have their breeding dogs tested for LD (lupoid dermatosis) which is an inherited skin disorder that is seen between 6 months and 3 years of age and can be fatal and CD (cone degeneration) which is a gene that is also inherited and causes day blindness, seen in puppies from 8 to 12 weeks old. Although these are expensive DNA tests, it allows the breeders to determine if the dogs are carriers and therefore allows for more responsible breeding and commitment to the health of the breed.
No test is a guarantee to the absolute health of your puppy, but these tests do reduce the possiblity of future health concerns.
All of our dogs are tested and certified for Hips, Elbows (OFA/OVC), Patella (OFA), Eyes (CERF/OFA), Cardiac, LD (lupoid dermatosis), CD (cone degeneration) and Colour Mutation genes (MC1R and the Dilute gene).
Please contact us for more information if you are interested in seeing or learning more about our dogs.