German Shepherd Dog Health
One of the fundamental differences between Regional Shows run by the British Regional Groups and other conformation shows is that exhibits have to have achieved acceptable results in specified health test before they can be entered as adults.
To be shown as an adult each exhibit must have a UK Breed Survey or an SV Koerung – more details on these can be found here. Breed surveys assess several aspects of a dog’s suitability for breeding including the following health tests:
Hips: a BVA hip score below 20 and with a maximum of 12 on one side is required for a UK breed survey pass. A grade of Normal, Fast Normal or Noch Zugelassen is required for an SV Koerung pass.
Elbows: a BVA score of 0.1 or 2 is required for a UK breed survey pass.
A grade of Normal, Fast Normal or Noch Zugelassen is required for an SV Koerung pass.
Haemophilia: Males must be tested clear of Haemophilia for a UK breed survey.
To ensure the integrity of these health tests, all animals under the SV “a” Stamp system must be DNA tested with the SV. All UK bred dogs using either the UK scheme or SV, need to be DNA tested if born after 1/1/2013 to enable them at 18mths onwards to enter a UK Breed Survey . Surveyed dogs whose parents have also been DNA recorded will also have their parentage confirmed – DNA “proven” UK, or “gepruft” SV..
You will find below a series of articles on general health issues and some which are more relevant to the GSD. If anyone has a health related article which they feel would be of interest on this page, please contact the secretary