health concerns have been identified
within this breed. The most pressing and
frequently seen problem is hereditary
cataracts. Also Hip Dysplasia is an
issue within this breed, as it is in
many other breeds. GPCA
suggests eye examinations and
hip evaluations on all breeding pairs
promoted through the club Breeders List.
BUYER BEWARE of those that do not have
these two minimal tests done on the
parents of their litters. If you do not
see the results either on the registries
website, or hard copies of the
clearances, beware, as FAILING
RESULTS do not appear on the CERF or OFA
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should be the goal of every breeder to
only breed healthy dogs.
General Health information
A problem is
Hereditary Cataracts, with a percentage of
the breed showing problems by the age of
four. Annual CERF testing should be a
requirement of all German Pinschers
producing puppies. As cataracts can be
an evolving problem in each dog, the
CERF exam, is only valid for one year.
GPCA requires current CERF exams
of all breeding pairs listed on their
Breeders List. Pets should be checked every two to
three years for your peace of mind.
accepted radiology exam of the hip
joints, through the OFA, for Hip
Dysplasia, is required testing for
all breeding pairs. This exam can
be done any time after the dog reaches
the age of two. A new procedure, Pennhip,
is gaining wide acceptance as another
good indicator of hip joint health. This
can be done at any age. Hips can
problem in this breed, so testing of
several generations, and of as many
family members that is possible is preferred.
Today, with the availability of the
DNA marker tests, we can now predict the
incidence of vWD disease within the
German Pinscher population and breed
accordingly. This is a one-time test,
and can be done at home, at any age.
Through testing and prudent breeding,
this problem can be eradicated in this
breed. The results can return clear,
carrier, or affected.
Epilepsy has been
diagnosed in some German Pinschers.
Several studies are underway, in an
attempt to find the DNA marker (gene)
that causes this inheritable disease.
Lifetime management of seizures is needed
and sometimes death can occur.
The incidence of “heart problems” has
been well documented in breeds closely
related to the German Pinscher, Doberman
Pinschers, and Standards Schnauzers. A
few undocumented cases have been
reported in German Pinschers, but much
work has to be done through testing to
determine whether this is a problem, and
it's overall incidence determined in
Thyroid dysfunction is the most widely
documented health problem among all
breeds, so testing once for clearance is
recommended, and of course, if any
symptoms arise that make this a
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