Health tests for Italian Greyhounds: genetic and physical
Fortunately, the Italian Greyhound is a generally healthy breed, though there are very few known hereditary problems. Nevertheless, there are some health concerns that every potential owner should be aware of before acquiring the breed. PRA (progressive retinal atrophy), patellar luxation, alopecia, dental problems and broken legs are not uncommon. Responsible breeders make everything possible to minimize the risk of receiving health problems in their lines. Thanks to science, nowadays there are many health tests available.
There are 2 physical health tests highly recommended for Italian Greyhounds:
- Patellar luxation
- General eye health check (ESVO)
These tests are been made by certified veterinary experts. They are made at the age of more than 14 months but most informative when done in the more adult age - after 3-4 years.
There are 4 available genetic tests for Italian Greyhounds:
- Familial Enamel Hypoplasia of Italian Greyhounds - FEH
- Progressive retinal atrophy - PRA-IG1
- Primary closed angle glaucoma - PCAG
- Primary lens luxation - PLL
These tests could be made even in a young puppy age (when it becomes possible to take DNA sample) and are valid for all life because the dog's genome is not changing during life.
Detailed information about FEH, PRA-IG1 and PGAG you could read in the article - "Italian Greyhound Health Panel" article by US Davis Veterinary Genetics Laboratory.
Detailed information about PLL you can read in the article - "Primary Lens Luxation (PLL)" by US Davis Veterinary Genetics Laboratory.
Also, you can order genetic tests for your Italian Greyhounds in US Davis laboratory. We make there tests for all our dogs. The results you can see on dogs' personal pages and also in the Breed Archive.