Health Clearances 101

Many different breeds of dogs pass on different genetic defects and diseases. It’s important to buy a dog from healthy parents that are only a carrier of a genetic trait and not affected or completely clear. It’s worth it in the long run for you and your future dog to invest in a breeder that’s well aware of what those defects are and have made the necessary precautions to ensure that their sires and dams don’t have them and aren’t passing them into their puppies. All breeds have different defects but here are some common ones with retrievers:

CNM PDF Document

EIC PDF Document

Hip Dysplasia

Elbow Dysplasia