Mini Aussie Health Issues

 

A VERY HEALTHY BREED OVERALL

 

Overall the Australian Shepherds, including the Mini Aussie, are considered a very healthy breed.  They have fewer health issues than many other breeds.  However, just like us, no dog breed is exempt from having some issues.  The idea is to test for the worst diseases so that affected dogs can be removed from the gene pool to keep the breed as healthy as possible.  You will find at the bottom of the page links information on some of the genetic health issues we address.

 

Whether you purchase a Mini Aussie puppy from us or someone else please make sure that they have tested their breeders and make sure you see a copy of certificate.  All responsible breeders will test and be able to provide you with documentation.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  Some of the medical issues listed on our webpage are of lesser consequence in breeding than others under the right circumstances.  By this we mean that if a Mini Aussie is a carrier of one copy of a certain gene and it is bred to another Mini Aussie with no copies of that same gene breeding might be acceptable.  In other cases breeding a Mini Aussie that is a carrier of one copy of a defect  when bred to a Mini Aussie with one copy of that same defect will produce some but not all pups with that defect.  It really depends on what the anomaly is that is being discussed.  Breeding of a dog with two copies to another dog with two copies is sure to produce problems in every pup in the litter.  This is our understanding anyway.

 

Of course the absolute is perfection all across the board but in real life who among us or the dog world is perfect?  Then factor in the breed standard issues of pricked ears, too much white, white dominating the eye, etc.  It does become a challenge for breeders to find "good" dogs.  While in the past I rejected dogs that did not meet breed standard I now realize why some of the breeders are overlooking the lesser of the Mini Aussie breed standard issues.  I'm not saying it's "right" but personally we'd rather have a pet with ears that didn't match breed standard over a pet with serious genetic health issues. 

 

PLEASE DON'T MISUNDERSTAND OUR INTENT....WE DO NOT HAVE A SUPERIORITY COMPLEX.  NO ONE IS PERFECT AND MISTAKES WILL HAPPEN!  ALL WE CAN DO IS TO TRY OUR BEST TO DO THE RIGHT THINGS AND MINIMIZE THE ERRORS AND IN THE PROCESS EDUCATE BUYERS.

 

We have had OFA certification on hips, elbows, patella and eyes as well as MDR1 results.  We are now working on additional DNA testing on the following eye problems to improve our breeding program.  You will find the results on the dogs that have already been tested on their individual page under "Our Gals" and "Our Guys".  We are awaiting results on the last test as of January 2015 for the first round of dogs.  We may not get all of our current breeders tested before retirement but we are testing the parents of all puppies we will be keeping as breeders and any new outside dogs that come into our kennel.

 

 

MDR-1

EYE ANOMALIES

DM

DYSPLASIA

 

 

 

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