Join Date: Jan 2010
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CERF Testing Pups
Thought I would share an interesting conversation I had today while at the canine ophthalmologist today. We got to talking after the examination portion was finished and spoke of Havanese in particular, a breed he also loves. He was relating a tale of a Canadian breeder selling a breeding destined puppy to Germany that upon arrival the new owner had the pup examined and it failed miserably with huge eye issues. This prompted further discussion, I asked why the heck a seller would not have had the eyes checked before they sent the pup and why the buyer wouldn't have insisted before having the pup shipped. He said things like this in all sorts of breeds with known possible eye problems within the breed and sometimes breeds that don't have known eye problems occur once in a while unfortunately.
I don't think I know of any breeder, no matter what breed, that has their pups eyes checked (some probably do) before they place them but I think it's an outstanding idea especially for breeding prospects but wouldn't hurt for pet quality either. Most breeders give a minimal health guarantee of two years but cataracts and other sight problems can appear at any age starting at puppy hood and continuing as they age. Maybe one more thing to expect from a breeder before one commits to a puppy.