Tests and DNA – A guarantee of quality

All our breeding dogs are tested for known genetic diseases of their breed (dislocation of the lens, dysplasia of the hips, dysplasia of the elbows, dislocation of the patella, cardiac ultrasound, degenerative myelopathy, late onset ataxia, spinocerebellar ataxia, juvenile encephalopathy, macrothrombocytopenia) but also genetically tested by DNA (PCR, IGS, TNS, NCL, GG, CCS, MTC, DM) and if all the time the health tests are not satisfactory we do not reproduce them because indeed the quality and the improvement of the race remains our priority.

Explanation and definitions of the tests carried out on our breeders:

Jack Russell Terriers

loa = LOA is an inherited condition that progressively causes poor coordination of breathing when the dog moves. This pathology is specific to the Jack Russell Terrier and the Parson Russell Terrier. The first symptoms usually appear between the age of 6 months to 1 year. Over time, dogs have difficulty standing and due to their poor quality of life, they are usually euthanized before the age of 2 years.

SCA = SCA appears between the age of 2 to 9 months. At first, young puppies have difficulty climbing stairs, jumping and they show a lack of coordination. SCA progresses slowly. Jack Russell Terriers with SCA show signs of myokimia.

jbd = Juvenile Encephalopathy in Russell Terriers is a serious brain disorder that appears early at 6 to 12 weeks of age. Affected puppies suffer from epileptic seizures. The disease progresses rapidly and causes irreversible brain damage leading to death.

pll = PLL is a dislocation of the lens. The first symptoms appear from the age of 20 months, but the dislocation occurs in dogs between the ages of 3 and 8 years. The dog becomes blind first in the first eye and then quickly in both eyes.

dm = DM is a common disease in many breeds. It appears late at the age of 8 to 12 years. Symptoms are progressive paralysis of the dog’s limbs. Incontinence is also observed. The duration is about 1 year between the appearance of the first symptoms and the paraplegia of the dog. Although several scientific studies have been conducted, no drug has been shown to reduce the development of symptoms of degenerative myelopathy.

Dislocation of the patella = Dislocation of the patella is a frequent orthopedic condition of the stifle, the origin of which is most often congenital. It is characterized by an abnormal position of the patella outside the trochlea. Lateral or most often medial, it is associated with a set of femoral and tibial skeletal abnormalities that appear early and worsen during growth. Medial dislocation would be among the five most important hereditary conditions. Medial dislocation is associated with cranial cruciate ligament tears in 15-20% of cases and is bilateral in 20-50% of cases.

Border Collies

Three words – Pleasure, Passion and Quality – respecting the well-being of our dogs. Our goal is to produce beautiful subjects, a rigorous selection with different stallions, certainly a long-term job but so exciting!