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The Importance of Genetic Testing!

The Importance of Genetic Testing!

November 29, 2018 by

One of my concerns with the German Shorthaired Pointer and the growing popularity of the breed, the increase of importing dogs that haven't been tested, is keeping the breed healthy!

I have experienced first hand, I own a dog who is what they call Healthy / Carrier of Lupus Dermatosis the dam and sire were tested and the Dam is a carrier who was Imported to the United States. First reaction is to spay, however she is a very well bred dog excellent in the field I was crushed with the results! I had several conversations with PennGen, and they very clearly said that breeding is an option as long as you are breeding to a Non-Carrier. There will be expense in doing this as each pup will have to be tested. Then as a breeder we can keep Non Carrier's to continue the lines and breed the LD out, Sell the Healthy / Carrier with an Alter clause, the  Healthy / Carriers will be healthy dogs!

Today we also have option to test for Cone Degeneration, Degenerative Myelopathy, Hyperuricosuria and Von Willebrand Disease II. Along with Hips, Elbows, Heart and Cerf. 

With the increasing number of breeders and the increased number of Imports coming into the country we can't turn a blind eye, testing is the answer! Ultimately if we as breeder's don't take testing serious the consumer will force the issue, by asking if dogs are tested and only purchasing from breeders who test.

Certainly there is the one time cost of testing probably approximately 800.00 to 1000.00 dollars for all the tests, really if breeding it is inexpensive insurance if you are guaranteeing the health of your pups. 

My example about our Dog that is a carrier of the LD gene, had I not tested her we would have never traced it to the import female, and would have been playing with fire breeding them, now both dogs can be used if decided too and the risk of producing an affected dog goes to zero!

In the past we have been so focused on Hips Eyes, and Heart but these others are critical to screen for too!

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