Before bringing a dog into your life it is important to be informed on the breed and the genetics of your puppy. Parental genetic testing will greatly reduce the possibility of your puppy experiencing health issues in its lifetime.
The Portuguese Water Dog is overall a very healthy, robust, family companion. But as in any living thing, there are potential health concerns to be aware of.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) is a genetically transmitted eye disease that Portuguese Water Dogs can be predisposed to. PRA causes the blood vessels of the retina to atrophy, or waste away until eventual blindness. There is a simple genetic DNA blood test to determine if your dog is at risk. All of our adult dogs are tested for PRA.
All large breed dogs are at risk for Hip Dysplasia - an irregular hip joint. It's defined as a looseness in the joint, causing the junction of the femur (thigh bone) and the pelvis to wobble and be unstable. Hip Dysplasia can be genetic, but it can also be developed because of poor nutrition, hormonal issues, lack of proper exercise, or obesity. All of our adult dogs are tested for Hip Dysplasia.