HEALTH TESTING
FOR WHITE SWISS SHEPHERDS

AT NASHA COMANDA, WE STRIVE TO BRING YOU THE MOST HEALTHY WHITE SWISS SHEPHERD DOGS POSSIBLE. TO DO THIS, NOT ONLY ARE WE CAREFULLY SELECTING BREEDING PAIRS FROM HIGH QUALITY LINEAGE, WE ARE ALSO SELECTING DOGS WHO ARE TESTED CLEAR FOR MAJOR GENETIC DISEASES (SEE BELOW) AS WELL AS HAVING PASSING/TOP RATED JOINT EVALUATIONS.

 

HIPS, ELBOWS, AND OTHER STRUCTURES MUST BE CERTIFIED BY A RECOGNIZED ORTHOPEDIC ORGANIZATION SUCH AS THE ORTHOPEDIC FOUNDATION FOR ANIMALS (OFA) FOR DOGS LIVING IN AMERICA OR FCI FOR DOGS THAT ARE LIVING ABROAD TO BE CONSIDERED FOR BREEDING IN OUR PROGRAM. 

BELOW, I HAVE OUTLINED AND PROVIDED LINKS TO SOME OF THE MAJOR ILLNESSES AND STRUCTURAL EVALUATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE WSS. ALL OF THESE ILLNESSES ARE IMPORTANT TO BE AWARE OF WHEN OWNING AND PURCHASING A WSS DOG. 

ALL OF OUR DOGS USED FOR BREEDING AT NASHA COMANDA HAVE PASSING SCORES AND ARE FREE OF THESE GENETIC ILLNESSES MENTIONED BELOW. PLEASE SEE THEIR INDIVIDUAL PAGES TO VIEW THEIR RESULTS OR CLICK ON THE LINKS PROVIDED ON THIS PAGE TO VIEW DIRECTLY.

NASHA HEALTH

Please click these links to view the health testing of our dogs at NASHA COMANDA. Some outside studs used may not have all of the same registries used to evaluate hips and elbows as we do in the US. If you have any questions regarding the results or how to interpret them, I am more than happy to explain! 

Please note that not all of our dogs have had their hips and elbows evaluated yet. They must be a certain age before x-rays may be taken and submitted for evaluation.

females

males

outside studs

MDR1 

Multi Drug Resistance Mutation 1

ABCB1

EXPLANATION.

Some dogs and cats have a mutation in the MDR1 (multidrug resistance 1) gene also known as the ABCB1 gene, which plays an important role in limiting drug distribution to the brain and in enhancing the excretion of many drugs. Animals with the mutation may have severe adverse reactions – including tremors, disorientation, blindness, severe muscle weakness, and death – to some common medications.

 

MDR1 is most commonly seen in herding breeds including White Swiss Shepherds which is why we feel it is important to test for in our breeding dogs. 

DM

Degenerative Myelopathy 

SOD1A

EXPLANATION.

DM is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects the spinal cord. 

 

The dog equivalent of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, DM is a progressive degenerative disorder of the spinal cord. Because the nerves that control the hind limbs are the first to degenerate, the most common clinical signs are back muscle wasting and gait abnormalities.

RYR-1 GENE

MALIGNANT HYPERTHERMIA

EXPLANATION.

Monica C. Roberts, James R. Mickelson, Edward E. Patterson, Thomas E. Nelson, P. Jane Armstrong, David B. Brunson, Kirk Hogan; Autosomal Dominant Canine Malignant Hyperthermia Is Caused by a Mutation in the Gene Encoding the Skeletal Muscle Calcium Release Channel (RYR1 ). Anesthesiology 2001; 95:716–725 doi: https://doi.org/10.1097/00000542-200109000-00026

Hip Dysplasia

Methods:

PennHIP and OFA Radiography

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Elbow Dysplasia

  • Pathology involving the medial coronoid of the ulna (FCP)

  • Osteochondritis of the medial humeral condyle in the elbow joint (OCD)

  • Ununited anconeal process (UAP)

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