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People shopping for a purebred dog should educate themselves about all aspects of the breed in which they are interested.  Unlike many breeds, in which health problems exist but aren’t talked about, most PBGV breeders believe strongly that good health in dogs can only be maintained by the open discussion of health concerns.  The information below is presented for that reason.  Good breeders should be happy to discuss these issues with you.  The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is overall a very healthy, robust, family companion.  But as in humans, and certainly all breeds of dogs, there are some health problems.  Fortunately the PBGV has not had any major incidence of liver, kidney, cancer or spinal disorders that have afflicted many of the most popular breeds. The PBGVCA compiled a list of health issues from a survey sent to all PBGVCA members. Click on this URL to see the data.   Medical concerns we do face are:

Rare and infrequently reported eye problems include cataracts and PPM (persistent pupillary membrane).  These and other eye problems can be identified by a CERF (Canine Eye Registration Foundation) exam.  The CERF exam is performed by about 150 board-certified Veterinary Ophthalmologists throughout the country. The examination is painless and takes about 10 minutes.  Eye drops are used to dilate the pupil and the eye is then examined through an ophthalmoscope on the awake dog.  Cost ranges from about $15-$80 per examination.  Breeders who are selling puppies should make current CERF certificates of the sire and dam available to any prospective puppy buyers.

Hip Dysplasia 
Most breeds have some dogs with hips that are called "dysplastic " --that is the hip joint is not formed perfectly. The dysplastic dog may have no pain or problems, or it may experience mild to severe discomfort when moving. Necessary treatment can consist of aspirin, anti-inflammatory medication, or surgery in the most severe cases. The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) evaluates hip X-rays submitted to them to determine if there is any dysplasia present.  The X-ray can be performed at any age, but the OFA will only give a "preliminary " rating on dogs under the age of two.  Hip X-rays of dogs two years old or older will receive an "OFA number " and rating.  OFA hip ratings for dysplasia-free dogs are: Excellent, Good, or Fair.  Dysplasia, if present, will be rated in a range from "Mild " to "Severe."  Cost ranges from $50 to $150 for the X-ray, which can be performed by most veterinarians.  The dog can be either sedated or anesthetized (cost varies accordingly).

Neck Pain Syndrome 
This is a little understood immune problem under active investigation by the PBGVCA Health &Genetics Committee. This affliction is usually confined to young dogs and can be treated with prednisone. While it may seem from the health issues listed here that the PBGV is prone to many diseases,  PLEASE DO NOT PANIC.  As conscientious breeders, we simply feel that education is one of our responsibilities. Mammalian genetics is still an inexact science.  We are not able to breed 100%healthy dogs. So, puppy buyers must be realistic in their expectations. No one can predict or guarantee the lifespan of a dog or if it will have a genetic problem.  You must trust that the breeder has done everything in their power to breed a healthy litter. The vast majority of PBGV ’s are very healthy.