Catalan Sheepdog Club of GB – Health
Catalan Sheepdogs are generally a healthy breed, with few health issues. The CSCOGB considers the health of the breed to be paramount, including the choosing of suitable breeding partners to ensure the long term health of the breed. If you want to buy a Catalan Sheepdog, please ensure that you choose a breeder who had carried out the relevant health tests. Responsible breeders should have their dogs tested under the following BVA Canine Health Schemes and have the relevant Eye Scheme and Hip Score certificates.
Should you have a health question, would like to report a health problem or send a test result into the club then please contact Debbie Hansford, the Breed Health Co-ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CSOGB Objective
We promote the considerate pairing and mating of suitable breeding partners. Through selective breeding it is possible to reduce inherited health issues, two of which are listed below. If you own a Catalan Sheepdog it would also be statistically helpful if you would consider taking a simple health survey. Just download the Catalan_Breed_Health_Survey_2016.doc, complete it the best you can and then return it to us. Thank you.
The British Veterinary Association/Kennel Club/International Sheep Dog Society (BVA/KC/ISDS) Eye Scheme
What is the Eye Scheme?
The main purpose of the British Veterinary Association/Kennel Club/International Sheep Dog Society (BVA/KC/ISDS) Eye Scheme is to ensure that there is no clinical evidence of hereditary eye disease in dogs that are to be used for breeding. Following examination of the eye a Certificate of Eye Examination is issued which records the inherited eye disease status (Schedule A) relevant to the breed being examined as either ‘clinically unaffected’ or ‘clinically affected’ in the bottom section of the certificate.
It is clearly sensible for all dogs (pure bred and cross bred) which are to be used for breeding to be examined under the Eye Scheme prior to being bred from, as this is the simplest way of identifying breed-related and potentially inherited problems.
British Veterinary Association – Hip dysplasia in Dogs
What is Hip dysplasia?
All Catalan Sheepdogs should have both a clear eye certificate and a Hip Score certificate. Hip dysplasia is beautifully explained in the pdf linked below but simply put, Hip dysplasia is about ‘how a dogs hips joints’ are structured. A bad Hip score could mean that the dog as it grows experiences severe and painful lameness. The objective of the scheme is to prevent that in all dogs and forms part of the bloodline research a considerate breeder should under take before mating a pair.
Hip Dysplasia is a common inherited orthopaedic problem of dogs and a wide number of other mammals. Abnormal development of the structures that make up the hip joint leads to subsequent joint deformity. ‘Dysplasia’ means abnormal growth. The developmental changes appear first and because they are related to growth, they are termed primary changes. Subsequently these changes may lead to excessive wear and tear.
Further reading about Canine Health schemes can be found on the BVA website https://www.bva.co.uk/Canine-Health-Schemes/