The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a true dwarf (chondrodysplastic) breed. Therefore, despite the Pembroke's smaller size, Pembrokes are proportionally built just like the larger, "normal sized" dogs. Fortunately, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a relatively healthy breed with just a few health concerns that affect our breed. Many breeders will have their corgis tested for hip dysplasia, eye disorders and von Willebrand disease (vWD). Other health screening tests are also available to the breeder if they choose to perform them. These include tests for elbow dysplasia, cardiac health and degenerative myelopathy.Members of the PWCCA are bound by the club's Code of Ethics, which calls for breeding only animals of sound temperament and structure, with clear/normal hips and eyes, and clear of other known inherited problems. When evaluating a breeder and considering the purchase of a puppy, do not hesitate to ask questions such as:
Be realistic. There are more unknowns in canine genetic research than hard facts. Many genetic tests are not 100% clear cut, they just act as guidelines for the breeder. It is a buyer/breeder beware world. Look around and ask questions. Pembrokes typically live 12-15 years. Healthy, active, alert Pembrokes are a positive indication of a solid genetic background. Only by asking questions, observing firsthand, and being realistic will you gain insight into the genetics of the line of Pembrokes you are considering. There are no easy answers, and no substitute for observation, questions, and above all else, realism.
This survey can be taken for corgis living or deceased. The link is https://www.ofa.org/about/educational-resources/health-surveys and go to Pembroke Corgis in the list.
The researchers are trying to get each and every dog owner they can to fill this out, on behalf of dogs with or without diabetes. Your contribution and effort to this cause would be immensely appreciated. Thank you!
Dr Jerold S Bell is an adjunct Professor of clinical genetics at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University. He prepared this explanation of Canine Degenerative Myelopathy in the Pembroke Welsh Corgi to help breeders/owners of Pembrokes better understand the clinical and genetic complexities of this much misunderstood condition.
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