Bulldog Health Testing
From the Bulldog Club of America Website –
What is meant by health screening/testing?
Testing your dog for certain genetic diseases greatly affects your chances of not reproducing those issues in future generations.
While there are no guarantees, the knowledge that your individual dogs are tested free of certain conditions gives you a tremendous advantage as a breeder and gives your puppy buyers a sense of your dedication to the welfare of not only your own breeding program, but to the breed as well.
The tests for issues that affect Bulldogs are easily attained and for the most part fairly inexpensive.
Why should I get my bulldog tested?
Very simply so you know if your dog is affected.
Can my own Veterinarian do the tests?
In some instances, yes. Tests for Eye conditions and Deafness are to be done by Specialists. Cardiac tests can be done by a practicioner, but a specialist is ideal.
What is BCA’s position on health testing?
The Health Committee and BCA have no formal recommendation at thistime on how breeders use results of tests to select breeding stock or make breeding decisions, BUT in keeping with the spirit otf the BCA being the stewards of the bulldog breed, members are encouraged to take advantage of advances in testing, genetics and medical science to always strive to produce the soundest animals possible with the goal of continuously improving the genetic health of the breed as a whole.