Many of the inherited problems in dogs are found in the eye. This is why it is so important to have your Heeler's eyes examined regularly by an eye-specialist. Before you buy a puppy, make sure that the parents have been eye-tested recently.
Health of the Lancashire Heeler - Eye lists
The eye lists that appear here are contributed voluntarily by owners and breeders seeking to promote good health in the Lancashire Heeler.
Results will be accepted from owners / breeders themselves only, unless the information is already in the public domain.
Primary Lens Luxation
The following dogs have undergone DNA / Eye Testing in respect of Primary Lens Luxation: The AHT has an excellent FAQ page to explain what these DNA results mean Whilst care has been taken in the compilation of this list, The Lancashire Heeler Community takes no responsibilty for its accuracy. Prospective buyers and breeders selecting prospective matings should ask for documentary evidence of testing status. Send us your eye test results
This list has now been superceded as The Kennel Club now compiles lists of eye test results undertaken automatically. Latest dna results for PLL and CEA can be found here on the KC website:
Health of the Lancashire Heeler - Patella Luxation
The patella is the equivalent of the kneecap and a luxating patella is one that moves out of its normal location.
It is usually, but not always, found in small breeds. Several affected Lancashire Heelers have been reported lately, some requiring surgery. Although some cases are the result of accidents, most researchers believe it to be inherited, though the mode of inheritance is not known. Hopping or skipping are often indications of patella luxation. Some countries have an official testing scheme and the BVA is examining the possibility of introducing one in this country.
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Genetic Diversity And The Lancashire Heeler
The importance of genetic diversity has always been an important subject and within a small breed, such as ours, has increased significance. I will send further articles to the site as they be become available. The recent report from Dr Tom Lewis offers us an insight into the current situation with the Lancashire Heeler.