The only inherited diseases known in the Cesky Terrier are those found in the parent breeds, the Scottish and Sealyham Terriers - and these are seen only very rarely. More information on health conditions that have been noted in the Cesky Terrier can be found here
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There are no required health tests for Cesky Terriers, but it is recommended that all breeding stock is eye-tested. I also have my dogs tested for Patella Luxation
, which ideally is done between 12 months and 2 years of age, and they are heart checked by a cardiologist before breeding.
There are those that question the need for health tests for the Cesky Terrier. Their argument is that this is a healthy breed and such tests are therefore unnecessary. Some breeders worry that prospective puppy owners might be deterred from owning a Cesky Terrier because testing might indicate that there could be serious health problems within the breed.
I would suggest that, on the contrary, screening is a positive move as it proves
that my dogs are healthy - you don't need to just take my word for it, the evidence is here in the form of official test results.
Although not a direct health issue, genetic diversity
- or rather a lack of diversity - can have an adverse effect on breed health, in particular on fertility, on the incidence of immune-mediated disease and on the incidence of cancer. Because of the very limited number of dogs used in creating the Cesky Terrier, genetic diversity must always be at the forefront of the breeder's considerations when planning a mating. In any breed there is always a temptation for breeders to use a dog simply because he is winning in the show ring, without regard to his suitability for that particular bitch. Because of this, many good dogs get overlooked and have no opportunity to contribute to the gene pool. In a breed as genetically compromised as the Cesky Terrier, Popular Sire Syndrome
is even more damaging. Consequently, I have made a point of seeking out stud dogs that have not been used extensively. I am also working to reduce the Coefficient of Inbreeding (COI) with each succeeding litter.
I support the Cesky Terrier Genetic Diversity Project, and all my dogs are DNA Profiled.