Summerdayz Kennels

Golden Retrievers

hen purchasing your Golden Retriever puppy you must be aware that there are several problems known to occur in this breed. It is a requirement of the Victorian Canine Association (VCA) that all dogs are checked prior to breeding for these problems.

Hip Dysplasia is a disease that effects many large boned breeds. There is no doubt that parents with poor hips can pass on their problems but there are also other environmental factors that can contribute such as diet, environment and the health of the pup. 

All breeding stock is X-rayed after 12 months of age by a veterinarian. The X-rays are then assessed by the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) and given a score. This score is made up of different components of the left and right hips. The maximum score is 106 and the lowest 0. The lower the score, the better. You must take into consideration that the breed average is approximately
19.  Just because the sire and dam have low scores does not necessarily mean that the pup will not develop hip dyspasia but the chance is reduced as long as the owner is aware of the previously mentioned factors.  

The AVA recommends that dogs scored over 20 should not be bred from, but I'm sure all breeders assess a dog's suitablity for breeding from a number of areas.

There are a number of eye diseases known to the breed. Many of these are heriditary. Therefore all breeders are required to check our dogs prior to breeding for these diseases. The Golden Retriever Club (GRCV) recommends a yearly eye certificate from an ophthalomoligist.

Our dog 'Summer' and all breeding stock at Crowlee Kennels are checked for hip dysplasia and eye diseases.

As stated 'Summer' has a score of hip - 4 and elbow - 0 and a current clear eye certificate. 

IN RELATION TO HIP DYSPLASIA

 

Hip Dysplasia is known to occur in the breed.  The parents of this puppy have been assessed under the Australian Veterinary Association program as having hips satisfactory for breeding purposes which mean that the risk of the puppy developing Hip Dysplasia is reduced.  Because of the polygenic nature of Hip Dysplasia and effects of environment, SUMMERDAYZ KENNELS makes no representation or warranty that this puppy will not develop the condition.  Care should be taken to not over-exercise the growing puppy or have it become overweight. 

 

IN RELATION TO EYE DISEASES

 

Certain eye diseases are known to occur in the breed.  The parents of this puppy have a current eye certificate from a veterinary ophthalmologist or veterinarian.  This means that they have been tested and showed no symptoms of eye disease at the time of testing.  This reduces the likelihood of the puppy developing eye disease, but SUMMERDAYZ KENNELS makes no representation or warranty that this puppy will not develop eye disease.  Some eye diseases only develop at mature age.