Our beloved Chows sometimes runs into various sickness' - just like other breeds or humans!
Don't make it worse than it is!
But listen to the breeders and what they do for our beloved Chows.
Most are working very hard for our breed to get the best out there to you with as little issues as possible.
You should always ask breeders what they do to preserve our wonderful Chow Chows and if they take any precautions so that only the best, strongest and healthiest are taking into consideration when breeding.
We have very skilled people out there all over the world - do talk to them or the forums for our breed if you have questions.
You can of course also ask our opinion - but do remember, it's only our opinion!
If you want gossip - we can't be of assistance :-)
Any suggestions - do let me know ....
Today in Sweden we have a strong program to stop this. All breeders are very aware of this. I as a member of the Swedish Chow Chow club (Ringen) of course follows the rules for the breed that we have put up together democratically.
Has not been so looked as until for a couple of years ago. Now it's in our program too.
More information about our program can be found on the clubs homepages.
There has been a lot of work around this so we consider that the breeders and their vets are on the front line with this. Of course no breeding on entropion.
- Knees (ligaments & tendons)
Well the talk is there.
I have my Chows checked since Lars Audell said that this is a problem within the Chow breed.
I have only had one checked up till now so how it's really looking is difficult to say.
Then there has been quite a lot of talk around the ligaments around the Chows knees. Nothing can be said 100% but Danish veterinarians Mai Brit Torngren & Jens Arnberg proposes that one should not breed on a Chow Chow with bad or injured ligaments. As there is a strong possiblity that it might be hereditary.
I have this document as a pdf file (acrobat reader) if you should be interested in reading it.
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