Poodle Genetic Health Risks

Below you will find Breed specific genetic health risks for poodles. All of our dogs are tested for ALL breed specific recommended tests to ensure that we only produce healthy dogs. We use Animal Genetics guide on what test should be performed on poodles which is an OFA approved and recommended lab.

Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)

Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) is a progressive neurological disorder that affects the spinal cord of dogs. Dogs that have inherited two defective copies will experience a breakdown of the cells responsible for sending and receiving signals from the brain, resulting in neurological symptoms.

You can read more about it HERE.

Neonatal Encephalopathy with Seizures (NEwS)

Neonatal Encephalopathy with Seizures (NEwS) is an autosomal recessive disease of poodle puppies. Affected puppies are small and weak at birth. Cerebella from affected puppies have been found to be reduced in size. Many die in their first week of life. Those surviving past 1 week develop ataxia, a whole-body tremor. By 4 to 6 weeks of age, puppies develop severe generalized tonic-clonic seizures. None have survived to 7 weeks of age.

You can read more about it HERE.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy or PRA-prcd

Progressive Rod-Cone Degeneration, or PRA-prcd, is a form of Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) in which the cells in the dog's retina degenerate and die. PRA for dogs is similar to retinitis pigmentosa in humans. Most affected dogs will not show signs of vision loss until 3-5 years of age. Complete blindness can occur in older dogs. Progressive Rod-Cone Degeneration is a form of PRA known to affect over 40 different breeds.

You can read more about it HERE.

Von Willebrand's Disease Type I

Von Willebrand disease (vWD) is an inherited bleeding disorder that inhibits the normal blood clotting process, causing prolonged bleeding after an injury. People with this condition often experience excessive bruising, prolonged nosebleeds, and excessive bleeding following any form of trauma, including surgery, or dental work.

You can read more about it HERE.

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