Ensuring Healthy Generations

Responsible Breeders of purebred dogs know that careful, selective breeding programs can control Inherited Diseases. Information regarding the test results from the Sire and Dam, along with information on other close relatives such as siblings, half-siblings, aunts, and uncles allow breeders to apply greater selective pressure to produce normal offspring and avoid affected offspring.
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Ensuring Healthy Generations

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA-crd4): Affects Miniature Dachshunds’ vision, with symptoms appearing as early as one year or as late as 15. It’s linked to RPGRIP1 gene mutations and can lead to blindness. More information can be found here.

Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis 1 (NCL1): A rare condition caused by enzyme PPT1 deficiency, leads to brain and nervous system dysfunction in Miniature Dachshunds, showing severe neurological symptoms and behavior changes by nine months. More information can be found here.

Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI): Manifests in dogs as bone fragility, causing pain, lameness, and fractures from as early as 3-4 weeks due to collagen defects, with affected pups often euthanized by 3 months. More information can be found here.

Lafora Disease: A genetic neurological condition in miniature wirehaired dachshunds that leads to seizures, vision loss, dementia, and motor issues from 5 years, with seizures worsening over time. More information can be found here.

Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD): It is crucial to manage by preventing Dachshund obesity, as highlighted by VeterinaryPartner.com, to avoid this severe condition affecting the spine. More information can be found here.

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