I am new to the group and have never posted before. I have a 7 month old female that has an umbilical hernia. It is not causing her any problems and my vet said we could have it fixed if we wanted to. I was planning on showing her. I didn't know if she could be shown if the hernia was corrected or if the umbilica hernia would cause any problems in the show ring.
If anyone has any input on umbilical hernias in general I would be glad to hear that as well.
A correction of an umbilical hernia is one of the surgeries that is allowed in the AKC show ring (other hernia surgeries are NOT allowed), but many people frown upon breeding a dog that has had an umbilical hernia, so you will have to deal with that side. Since showing usually leads to breeding, you may want to think about this a bit.
My friend just bought a cocker spaniel puppy from show breeders and he also had an umbilical hernia. They, and the vet, told her it was optional to get it fixed, so they decided to do it when he goes in for his neuter surgery.
The breeder told her it is more of an issue with the females....I think they thought there might be more of a risk with birthing complications if an umbilical hernia is present (possibly due to rupture? I can't remember the details). I'd ask your vet about it.