What testing do you do?
Hips – Canine Hip Displasia (CHD) merits concern by all doodle breeders and its prevalence may be reduced with selective breeding. CHD is caused by a poorly formed ball-and-socket joint in the hip. The quality of this joint may be screened by x-ray and can then be certified by either the OFA or PennHip organizations.
To select for new parents at Sunshine Acres, they are either OFA certified or have been screened by PennHip. We carefully select the parents for each litter of puppies to ensure their offspring will have healthy hips.
Heart – A second health issue affecting doodles are heart murmurs. Heart murmurs come in two different forms. Many puppies, like human babies, can have heart murmurs that go away around 16 weeks of age. A more severe heart murmur may not go away and develop into an adult dog health issue. If adult parents have heart murmurs, there is a good chance that a percentage of their puppies may also have heart murmurs.
All the parents at Sunshine Acres have had their hearts screened.
Blood – von Willebrand is a bleeding disorder that is prevalent in the Poodles. If you are considering your puppy for breeding, it is important that the Poodle background is clear so you do not pass this down from one generation to another.
All my Poodle parents have been tested for this disease.