Eye Disease and Testing

Compared to some other breeds German Spitz are pretty healthy, but there have been incidences of eye disease in both Klein and Mittel. PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) and RD (Retinal Dysplasia) are currently the main cause for concern, and both these conditions can cause premature blindness and are hereditary. There is a BVA/ISDS eye testing scheme available for detecting these (and other) diseases, so in the days of increasing litigation, breeders would be wise to make use of this scheme.

When looking to purchase a puppy or older dog, the buyer should ensure that the breeder they are buying from eye tests their stock. Adults should have a current clear certificate before being bred from (the last test results should be no more than two years old, though ideally within the last 12 months) and puppies should be litter screened (usually between 6 and 8 weeks old) as RD and other potential problems can be detected at this age.

Ask to see these certificates, and do not accept excuses for testing not being done. No-one can say their dogs are OK unless they test, and even those that test and breed from only dogs with Clear certificates may occasionally produce an affected puppy. By eye testing/litter screening, affected stock can be removed from breeding programs and carrier animals identified.

Further information on eye testing is available on the BVA site and there is a list of testing dates/locations on the ISDS site.

Eye Examination Clinics (ISDS Site)

BVA Eye Testing Info

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Crufts 2017

WOW what a day

Red 1st Puppy Dog, Reserve Best Dog and Best Puppy In Breed

Dylan 2nd Puppy Dog, & 1st Junior Dog

Blu 1st Open Dog, Best Dog and Best of Breed

Mia 1st Puppy Bitch

Taylor 1st Post Grad Bitch & Reserve Best Bitch

Kiera 3rd Open Bitch

So very proud of the whole team, owners and handlers.

Manchester 2017

A great day for the team, we took 7 Jindo's and came away with six firsts, one second, Best Bitch, Reserve Best Bitch, Reserve Best Dog and Best Puppy.

Boston 2017

Great start to the year with all 3 pups qualifying for Crufts on their first outing,

2016

As we have had puppies this year, things have been very quiet on the showing side. 
However after just 3 shows over the year, Kiera is again top Brood Bitch and Liubice is top breeder.

Crufts 2016

The white girls had a great Crufts, with Liubice Arabella winning 1st Post Grad Bitch, and Liubice Artemis winning 1st Junior Bitch and Reserve Best Bitch