Curly Coated Retriever is an old, rare and vulnerable to many diseases breed. The responsible breeder knows the list of characteristic diseases and make health tests their dogs before breeding to minimize the risk of these diseases in their puppies
Most common diseased in the breed:
Hip dysplasia( HD)
This descent, whose etiology is not well known and is present in most of the races especially the large and fast-growing. Most often hereditary but can also be acquired( eg after hip injury).
All retrievers used for breeding and born after 01/01/2006 must be screened in the direction of a hip dysplasia. Animals used in breednig can have result A, B or C but when the result is C we can breed only with a dog with result A.
A – normal hips
B – almost normal hips
C – small dysplasia
D – dysplasia partial (limited)
E – severe dysplasia
Elbow dysplasia( ED)
There is a much less curly with ED than with ED. As with HD the etiology is also not well known.
Determination of Results:
ED 0/0 – normal / free of elbow dysplasia
1/1 (or 0/1, 1/0) – light dysplasia
ED 2/2 (or 0/2, 2/0) – moderate dysplasia
ED 3/3 (or 0/3, 3/0) – severe dysplasia
Osteochondrosis( osteochondritis dissecans, OCD)
Applies mostly to elbows of big and fast-growing dogs. It causes abnormality in blood supply in bones fragments and as a result their necrosis.
Cataracts, corneal dystrophy, PRA, distichiasis, entropion, ectropion, PPM, retinal dysplasia. Till now curly eyes could be tstet just clinically but from few weeks we can do genetic tests for cord1 PRA!
Exercise induced collapse( EIC)
This is neuromuscular genetic disorder that occurs in curly and labrador and chesapeake bay retrievers. Sick dog after a short effort may show signs of muscle weakness and have trouble staying on his feet, sometimes there is a brief loss of consciousness. Most dogs recover after the collapse after about 10-20 minutes but unfortunately there are also deaths.
Clear genotype N / N
Carrier, genotype N / EIC
Affected/ genetically sick (even though it may not show symptoms of the disease), genotype EIC / EIC
GSDIIIa (Glycogen storage disease type IIIa)
Hereditary autosomal recessive disease which mean, the dog must get the defective gene from both parents to become ill. The disease leads to the accumulation of glycogen in the liver and muscle cells, which is the leading cause of progressive multiple organ dysfunction.
Clear / slow genotype N / N
Carrier / carrier, genotype N / GSD
Affected / genetically sick (even though it may not show symptoms of the disease), genotype GSD / GSD
It touches almost every breed of dog and unfortunately also curly.
Like human epilepsy dog epilepsy is manifested by recurrent seizures, which can take many forms from an imperceptible muscle twitching to convulsions involving the whole body.
Please note that not all the episodes are due to epliepsy. They can be also caused by other diseases such as poisoning or neurological disorders.
This is a very serious, life-threatening disease, mainly reaching a large breed dogs. Can be caused when stomach accumulate large quantities of gas which extending its wall. As a result, the stomach can rotate around its axis and closing its closing so the accumulated gases do not have an exit. If you do not take the immediate treatment a dog dying in pain.
One of the most common health problems in the breed. Sounds like nothing but may indicate an autoimmune disorder.
Dogs with patterned baldness usually lead normal lives but they often occur with allergies, reproductive problems and hormone growth (increase in dog stops at about 20kg).