Tom, first of all thnx for your reply.
Yes, I'm aware of the fact that there aren't any tests available for some of the issues that are listed on the HCA website, but I would love to see them at least mentioned on the Dutch hav website. Even if they are not a big issue in the breed. At this point if you visit that site as a potential hav owner you get the idea that havs are really very healthy dogs with almost no health concerns. I thinks it is better to inform people really good about various health issues that are seen within a breed, even if those do not happen so often. The more information the better for everyone.
...but people who care don't breed dogs who are low on leg, or have anything but straight front legs with feet facing forward...
Lately I had a conversation about this with two very good breeders who I trust and who really have a heart for the breed, and they both responded something like this....'you can't rule out every dog just because their legs are not straight..you would make already small gene pool even smaller....if everything else is good then I would choose to breed that dog'.
Maybe they are right, I don't know, but somehow I just don't feel good about this.
It's up to each breeder to show or not show what's under their dogs' fur.
Absolutely, my point was that nobody is doing it, in comparison to this being often done in America. And I don't see a really good reason why one would choose not to do it.
Deafness Not much of a concern, but we test our puppies with BAER anyway.
Testing the puppies? Nobody does it! I don't see this happening over here in any near future...if ever. That's exactly the point of this whole thread. I think it was Heather who said somewhere that her pups go home with their BAER and CERF already done. It is on this very forum that I ever heard of puppies being tested. Great!
And what about thyroid issues? I went to the best animal university clinic in the country to run tests on Fedja. The endocrinologist told me that this is 'a big dog disease' so to speak, and that the havanese is one of the few small dog breeds who happens to get it on regular basis. Even though there aren't that many havs in this country, (most people never heard of havanese, although they are getting more and more popular) she still have seen enough of them with thyroid issues at the clinic....
And if the information of Michigan State University is really true (I don't know how they got those numbers), then i feel that this is something that really screams out for breeders attention.