Cerebellar Ataxia is a neurlogical disorder. This desease is also called Cerebellar Cortical Degeneration or Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (NCL). The first signs of the disease usually appear between 3 and 5 years of age in affected dogs. More rarely, early or late-onset symptoms can appear between 1,5 and 3 years or after 5 years. Symptoms are loss of balance, difficulty cornering and failing when shaking their head. When they become unable to walk without falling repeatedly, owners usually make the difficult choice to euthanize. The clinical diagnosis is realized by excluding other diseases and confirmed by a MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging).
A DNA test that is reliable, easy to do from a cheek swab that can be done at any age as soon as the animal is identified (by chip). Once validated by the test, the genetic status of the dog will not change throughout his/her life.
Hip- & Elbow Dysplasia
The hips and elbows of our dogs are x-rayed and formally assessed and certified by the commission Welfare of the Dutch Kennel Club (Raad van Beheer). This is an essential part of our approach for a sustainable breeding program.
Before mating a bitch we off course temperament test both the dame and the sire. Not only because Dutch breeders have to (because of government rules), but mainly because we want to know the temperament of this particular individual. This temperament test is according the rules of the Dutch Kennel Club (Raad van Beheer) and the National Breed Club (A.S.T.C.H.). The results of the test will be registered and certificated.