We encourage all PWDCC members to participate in the PWDCA sponsored PWD Health and Litter Database. Whether your dog is a pet or a show champion, your dogs' health information can ensure healthy dogs for generations to come. All purebred and mixed breed dogs are prone to hereditary health problems. The Portuguese Water Dog is no exception. The Portuguese Water Dog Club of Canada encourages its members to be aware of health issues and responsible breeding practices to reduce or eliminate hereditary health problems. The information provided herein should help you in your quest for a responsible breeder and a healthy dog. There may be other health issues not specifically identified â€“ ask the breeder if there are any other hereditary issues in their lines. Always ask to see the actual health certificates and go online with the open registeries to verify the certificates. (www.offa.org, www.pwdhld.com)
PWDCC Recommended Health Tests for Breeding Dogs
The PWDCC recommends the following health tests as the accepted standard for breeding pairs.
Both Sire and Dam of each litter have the following permanent/current test certificates prior to breeding:
Hip Evaluation (Elbows optional) Hip X-Rays of the Sire and Dam must be assessed by either:
OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals), www.offa.org Preliminary evaluation at 12-24 months with Excellent or Good rating, or final certification at 2 years with Excellent, Good or Fair rating
OVC (Ontario Veterinary College), www.ovc.uoguelph.ca Pass (program in effect up to October 31, 2011, suspended further testing effective this date)
CERF test pass (current for one year from date of issuance, not required after a dog reaches 120 months of age), or CERF fail with the dog rated Optigen C or C1 provided it has a current CERF exam form with the diagnosis of PRA as the sole reason for failure. For more information on CERF and a veterinary ophthalmologist in your area see http://www.vmdb.org/cerf.html.
OFA ECR test past (current for (current for one year from date of issuance, not required after a dog reaches 120 months of age), note conditions that preclude a certification are detailed on the OFA site at http://www.offa.org/eye_eligibility.html
In addition both the Sire and Dam must have each of
Junior Dilated Cardiomyopathy Testing (JCDM), Section of Medical Genetics, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Progressive Retinal Atrophy Testing (PRA, PRCD) Testing by Optigen, www.optigen.com
Either the Sire and Dam of each litter have the following permanent/current test certificates prior to breeding: