Canine Hip Dysplasia- This is a genetic disease that affects the hip joint. While many people hear about "bad hips" few know what causes it or how deviating owning a dog who has the disease can be. It is a life with at least some degree of pain for both the owner and the dog.
Cindy Tittle Moores article
The Genetic Disease Control in animals I use most for my genetic screening...Institute for Genetic Disease Control in Animals (GDC) -- In an open registry , owners, breeders, scientists, and veterinarians can trace the genetic history of any particular dog. In order to control the increasing presence of genetic diseases, we must know how prevalent such diseases are in the breed and in any particular dog's bloodlines. The information about each dog automatically becomes linked in the open registry with their relatives. An open registry offers this information for the selection of mates whose bloodlines indicate a reduced risk of producing genetic disease.
The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) -- This organization specializes in examining and rating dogs with specific regard to hip dysplasia.
Ontario Veterinary College The Canadian screening facility for genetic defects
Goods News, Bad News About Hip Status- an article by Fred Lanting
Alicia Wiersma-Aylward's article
American Belgian Tervuren
RETINAL ATROPHY (PRA)
Eye Registration Foundation, CERF, maintains a database containing
results of examinations by
board certified veterinary ophthalmologists of canine eyes and issue certificates documenting normal appearing
eyes. In addition, CERF offers a variety of educational materials to help educate dog owners/breeders
regarding canine eye diseases.
Eye examinations should be done by an ACVO (American College of Vetrinary Ophthalmologists) Diplomate.
These people are certified to meet high standards of proficiency in the field of veterinary ophthalmology and can
accurately diagnose and advise regarding any disease your dog might have.
American Belgian Tervuren Club a research page
American Belgian Tervuren Club
Elbow Working Group