The Bolognese are, as far as we know, a healthy breed, free from serious hereditary issues, and we need to keep it that way. Bolognese are not required by the UK Kennel Club to have any specific health screening tests, however patella luxation can be a problem in many toy breeds and is unfortunately present in the Bolognese. Eye testing, I feel, is also something which is important for the future health of the breed. As the health and well being of my Bolognese is of paramount importance to me, in addition to all the regular veterinary checks and routine vaccinations, I also undertake patella checks on all of my dogs and their progeny. My vet issues certificates to confirm my Bolognese are free from patella luxation. It is important that all dogs used for breeding, showing and any stud dogs I use, are free from patella luxation. I also carry out regular eye testing with a registered specialist in veterinary ophthalmology to test for predisposition to cataracts and in particular PRA (progressive retinal atrophy) This is fairly rare in the Bolognese but known cases have been recorded. All certificates are available to view on request.
If you have any questions on the health of the breed please do not hesitate to contact me.
I am a member of the Kennel Club Assured Breeders Scheme – The following information is from the Kennel Club Website:
Kennel Club Accredited Breeders sign up to follow recommended breeding guidelines. They make use of health screening schemes, if applicable (not currently with the Bolognese) which will help owners to predict the future health of their puppy. They will ensure the puppy is seen with its mother and siblings, to give an indication of how the puppy is likely to develop. Any responsible dog breeder should be prepared to answer your questions about the breed. They will also give new owners written information regarding the socialisation, training and dietary requirements of the puppy and will be there as a point of contact throughout the puppy’s life to ensure that the dog and owner have a happy and fulfilling relationship. Information on the Accredited Breeders Scheme can be found on the Kennel Club website if you follow this link http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/203