Health Information

Beauceron Club UK - Health Information

The Beauceron is one of the healthiest breeds of dog in the UK and is not known to suffer from any hereditary conditions. To help keep it that way, Beauceron Club UK recommends that the Beauceron is screened under the following Canine Health Schemes – more details of the schemes can be found at http://www.bva.co.uk. Testing under these schemes is essential for Beaucerons used in breeding programmes. Affected Beaucerons should not be bred from.

Permanent identification

From 1st January 2010 any dog being submitted to any of the health testing schemes must be permanently identified by either microchip or tattoo. This will mean from this date, permanent identification and registration documents will be required.

Eye Scheme

The BVA screening programme for hereditary eye disease in dogs is run in conjunction with the Kennel Club and the International Sheep Dog Society. The scheme now covers 12 hereditary eye conditions in over 50 breeds of dog.

The main purpose of the scheme is to ensure that there is no evidence of hereditary eye disease in dogs used for breeding. Breeders are often advised to submit dogs for annual eye tests, since some diseases have late onset of clinical signs.

It is also possible for litters to be tested for congenital hereditary conditions such as Collie eye anomaly and Multifocal retinal dysplasia when they are between six and twelve weeks of age.

There are 37 appointed eye panellists around the country who can issue official certificates.

 

Related documents

To find out more about hereditary eye disease in dogs and why eye testing is important download the BVA hereditary eye disease leaflet:

http://www.bva.co.uk/uploadedFiles/Content/Canine_Health_Schemes/Eye_Leaflet(1).pdf

If you decide to get your dog tested please read:

https://www.bva.co.uk/uploadedFiles/Content/Canine_Health_Schemes/Information%20for%20Owners%20(EPWP%201)%202015.pdf  

Why should we test the eyes of older dogs?

https://www.bva.co.uk/News-campaigns-and-policy/BVA-community/BVA-Blog/Why-should-we-check-the-eyes-of-older-dogs-/

Costs

Routine Eye Examination

Excluding VAT(£) per dog

Including VAT(£) per dog

1st dog

£45.83

£55

2 to 25 dogs (same ownership)

£40.42

£48.50

Group testing (25 or more)

£31.67

£38

Examination of dogs over 8 years

£26.67

£32

Publication of results

Eye Scheme results are only published where a specific condition is known to be inherited and certified as such.

The Kennel Club is responsible for publishing eye results for all pedigree dogs in the Kennel Club Breed Records Supplement and on progeny registration certificates.


HIP DYSPLASIA

ABOUT THE BVA/KC HIP DYSPLASIA SCHEME

Dysplasia means abnormal development, and the degree of hip dysplasia present is indicated by a score assigned to each hip. The hip score is the sum of the points awarded for each of nine aspects of the X-rays of both hip joints. The minimum hip score is 0 and the maximum is 106 (53 for each hip). The lower the score the less the degree of hip dysplasia present. An average (or mean) score is calculated for all breeds scored under the scheme and advice for breeders is to use only breeding stock with scores well below the breed mean score. The mean score for the Beauceron at 01/11/2014 is 11.

 

The minimum age for hip scoring is one year, and each dog is only ever scored once under the scheme.

WHICH BREEDS ARE SCREENED UNDER THE SCHEME?

It is generally accepted that hip dysplasia is more common in larger breeds, but any dog of any breed can be scored under the scheme.

HOW DO I GET MY DOG SCORED UNDER THE SCHEME?

Owners should make an appointment with their vet who can take the required X-ray of the dog's hips. The vet then sends the X-ray to the British Veterinary Association where it is examined and "scored" by a panel of experts. (Details of the scoring criteria are available in the form of a leaflet from either the Kennel Club or the BVA.) Once the X-ray has been scored, the result is returned to the vet, who relays it to the owner, and a copy is sent to the Kennel Club for recording on the registration database and publication in the Breed Records Supplement.

WHAT ARE THE COSTS INVOLVED?

In addition to the charges levied by the vet for anaesthetic and X-raying, the cost of having dogs scored under the Scheme is as follows:

 

Item description

Cost ex VAT per dog

Cost inc VAT

1 to 4 dogs

£50

£60

5-plus dogs, same owner

£43.75

£52.50

Rescoring under appeals

£90

£108

Copy of certificates

£30

£36

Joint hip and elbow

£90

£108

 

WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?

Learn more about Hip Displaysia:

http://www.bva.co.uk/uploadedFiles/Content/Canine_Health_Schemes/hip-dysplasia-scheme-procedure-notes.pdf