Chinese Cresteds at Crestars
CERF | Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Glaucoma, Vitreous Degeneration | BAER | Closed Ear Canal(s) | Leg Calf Perthes | Luxating Patella | DNA Testing for prcd-PRA | DNA Testing for PLL

The above links are some common health issues a Chinese Crested dog may encounter.  These issues are not necessarily Chinese Crested specific and, may be common with other breeds as well.  Research your bloodlines and most importantly, find a breeder who is honest. 

Word of warning:  All Chinese Crested Dogs are descendants of a small gene pool.  Both parents of your potential puppy should of have been tested for various known problems.  When I mention “known” it is because the percentage of this particular health issue is present in all bloodlines. 

Red Flag: Don’t be fooled by breeders who will unscrupulously declare never having to test their dogs because they haven't noticed anything wrong. The old saying of “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” reflects irresponsibility as far as dog breeding goes.

At some point or another, all breeders who test their dogs, will experience some degrees of issues in their bloodlines if they have been breeding long enough.  Some issues will be proving to be devastating and, some will be easier to work with.  It is important to find out about a problem earlier in the dog’s life rather than be shocked later, especially if offspring were born and now involved, when the issue is discovered.  Depending of the severity of the results, testing is important and helps the breeders to decide if the affected dog(s) should be remove from the breeding program or depending on the severity of the issue the dog should stay in the breeding program.  Honest breeders will share their results with others.  No breeders should feel ashamed when a problem arises.  Even those with the best breeding practices and intentions may, unfortunately have some issues arising.  The importance of sharing is a must and here why:
Fictional scenario: “Fido” is a big time winner in his breed and is a stunning representative of the breed.  Many breeders will of course be tempted to ask “Fido’s” owner if said Fido could sire a litter with their stunning chosen female “Fifi”.  Physically the potential of beautiful looking offspring is endless and dreams of fantastic breed improvement and show winnings are a given. 
However here comes a twist:  Both dogs had their (eyes for example) tested and both are carriers of affected with the same condition. Said “Fifi’s” owner hasn't mentioned anything to “Fido’s” owner because it was assumed that no known issues were present. The chance of puppies being affected would be in the worst scenario, carriers. However, “Fido’s” owner didn’t ask for proof of testing either because he assumed all was good too with “Fifi”.  Bottom line is that all puppies will be affected with this problem.  Would the issue have been shared openly, Fifi or Fido’s owners would of course have been disappointed the breeding couldn’t take place, however both owners could of have been saved from many headaches in the end.  Not counting the new puppy owners that would now have to be involved as well. 

Nowadays vet specialists are quite a bit more common and located practically everywhere in larger cities.  Many Dog Clubs will host specific health clinics (a vet specializing in a particular area, will be invited to the show and breeders are voluntarily enrolling their dog(s) to be tested) and most often at a reduced fee.  The most common health clinics are CERF (for the eyes), BAER (for hearing), and Cardiac evaluation (for the heart).   

Get yourself familiarized with ANY breeds' most common health issues, should you decide to acquire your very first dog or are looking at adding another breed to your family. 


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