The Kennel Club: Estrela Mountain Dog Breed Information Pack
As far as we know, the Estrela Mountain Dog does not commonly suffer from any particular condition, however it is important that both parents are health tested appropriatly before a breeding pair is made. There have more recently been some litters suffering from Hip and/or Elbow displasia, all breeds and more so larger breeds of dog have the potential to suffer from hip and/or elbow displasia, but by health testing parents it can help bring these risks down severely. It is important to always buy from health tested parents wherever possible, whether you intend to keep your dog as a pet, show, or both.
On this page you will find some links which will hopefully help you understand how hip and elbow dysplaisa is scored and how it effects all breeds. Most of the information is on the British Veterinary Association (BVA website.) If you have any additional questions regarding health tesing then please contact a member of the committee.
The Kennel Club Hip Dysplasia Scheme:
The Kennel Club Elbow Dysplasia Scheme:
How Do we get to a Breed Average Hip Score?
The current BVA/KC scoring scheme for hip dysplasia (HD) has been in operation since 1984 and since then over 250,000 X-rays have been assessed. Dysplasia means abnormal development, and the degree of hip dysplasia present is indicated by a score assigned to each hip. The hip score is the sum of the points awarded for each of nine aspects of the X-rays of both hip joints. The minimum hip score is 0 and the maximum is 106 (53 for each hip). The lower the score the less the degree of hip dysplasia present. An average (or mean) score is calculated for all breeds scored under the scheme, as is the median (or middle) score. Advice for breeders is to use only breeding stock with scores well below the breed mean score and ideally below the median.
The minimum age for hip scoring is one year, and each dog is only ever scored once under the scheme.
Thinking of Breeding?
The EMDA believe it is important to promote health testing in dogs, especially if you do plan to breed. Results may influence your breeding pair.
Although testing does not guarantee offspring will be clear of conditions it can help you choose the best match of dogs. It is important to take into consideration the individual dogs temprement too.
Also, it is advised that you take a look at the dogs previous generations, it's a good idea to know about all health issues from 2-5 generations if possible.
There are few litters bred, born and raised within the UK so we think it is important to use the limited gene pool in the UK to create the best dogs possible.
If you would like any additional advice or help, please contact a committee member.
Here is also a link to the Kennel Club Website for anyone thinking of breeding.