GENERAL HEALTH IN THE TIBETAN SPANIEL

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 AS FROM OCTOBER 1ST 2013 there is a KC Health Scheme for GPRA3 in The Tibetan Spaniel. This means that anyone who chooses to have their dogs tested for this condition will have the results automatically sent to The Kennel Club and published in the Breed Records Supplement, and printed on all registration papers. Puppies from litters whose parents are not tested because the parents have tested clear will be recorded as from a genetically clear line. No one is required to take part in the scheme, this is totally voluntary.

 

The Tibetan Spaniel is generally a very healthy and long lived breed, with relatively few problems or hereditary diseases, by far the most important being GPRA (Generalised Progressive Retinal Atrophy) which can cause gradual blindness, mostly, but not exclusively, in older dogs. To date GPRA has affected only a very small proportion of Tibbies in the UK, and we feel this may be due to the dedicated reputable breeders who have their stock tested for the condition before breeding puppies or offering their dogs at stud.

Presently it is recommended to retest breeding stock yearly, as there is not yet a complete DNA test for the condition in Tibetan Spaniels.

However recently a breakthrough has been reached where the AHT has succeeded in identifying the gene for GPRA 3, which apparently covers 60% of tested samples so far. This DNA test is now available and most dogs are found to be clear of this condition.

However it is important not to be complacent, and until the other 40% is identified, it is considered important to carry on with the eye testing in conjunction with the DNA test. 

The SWTSC is proud of the fact that they were the first Tibetan Spaniel club in the 80's to run eye testing sessions at their open shows, and continue to do so today.

The club has also been involved in raising funds to fund a DNA test for this condition in Tibbies, and has arranged specific DNA testing requested by the AHT.

We recommend anyone thinking of purchasing a puppy should check that both parents hold a current KC/BVA cert for GPRA stating the dog is unaffected, and that a DNA test result is available for both parents.

November 3rd 2013

The Kennel Club launches Canine National Health Testing Week

Some very interesting information on these pages for breeders and owners

Link to KC Health pages

November 27th 2013 from Breed Health Rep:

To date 500 Tibetan Spaniels have been DNA rested for PRA3. The incidence of carriers is 9.4% and affected cases 0.3%.

Link to AHT DNA testing


PLEASE NOTE IT IS A REQUIREMENT THAT ANY ANIMAL PRESENTED FOR DNA TESTING MUST HAVE 2 FORMS OF IDENTIFICATION.

i.e. Microchiop  No and Kennel Club Reg Certificate


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