We conduct all of the following health tests which we consider to be important for our French Bulldogs.
BOAS Exercise Tolerance Test
This test involves running our French Bulldogs at a steady trot for three-minutes and
assessing their breathing before and after. It is designed to help grade their
level of BOAS (Brachycephalic Airway syndrome), a respiratory
problem that affects dogs with short skulls.
We have x-rays taken on our breeding dogs to assess their hips. Dogs with low hip scores have better hips and are less likely to
develop problems in the future. Most large and medium sized dog breeds
benefit from hip scoring to ensure they are unlikaly to pass hereditary hip
problems on to their puppies develop problems in the future and they are unlikely to pass on hip issues to their puppies.
Dogs affected by patellar luxation have loose kneecaps that may pop in and
out of the knee joint, which can be painful and even require surgery. Our vets examine our breeding dogs for patellar luxation to confirm our dogs are not affected and that their puppies are less likely to develop the condition.
We conduct x-rays to identity if our breeding dogs have a high risk of
Canine Multifocal Retinopathy (CMR) is a genetic disorder causing local
detachment of the retina in young dogs. It does not always cause impaired
vision or blindness but can in severe cases. There are three types of CMR
affecting different breeds. A DNA test is available to identify if a breeding dog is
carrying this condition.
Our breeding dogs have their stenotic waves checked when they have the BOAS test.
Our puppies are tested for deafness when they obtain their Health Certificate.
Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)
This is a disease affecting the spinal cord of older dogs, initially causing
wobbliness and eventually hindlimb paralysis. It can affect a wide range of
Our breeding dogs are x-rayed to assess the quality of their elbow joints.
We ensure an eye check is done as part of each puppy’s Health Certificate.
Hyperuricosuria (HUU) is a genetic disease that causes a build-up of uric acid in
the urine, predisposing to painful bladder and kidney stones.
Our puppies' hearts are checked as part of their Health Certificate.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) in dogs is a type of genetic eye disease
causing deterioration of the retina and eventually, blindness.
French Bulldogs can have tracheal hypoplasia, where the trachea (windpipe) is rather narrow. We have x-rays taken of our breeding dogs to ensure their trachea is optimal for breeding.
Physical Health Tests are those which require a physical exam or x-ray to conduct.
Genetic Health Tests are those which can be assessed via DNA analysis, either
through a cheek swab or blood test.