We Genetically test our Saint Bernard, Poodles & our Doodle puppies for the following Breed related diseases which the breed may be prone to.
Individual Genetic tests we do as per breed recommendations of tests that should following the Major Genetic companies recommendations are as follows.
Please note: Up until now we have not posted our genetic testing on our website, and the reason is simply this!!!!
We greatly value our breeding dogs bloodlines, and did not want to share on our website the details of these bloodlines, and the information from whom are the breeders of where we purchase our breeding dogs from. We pay a great deal of money to have very high quality puppies, from reputable breeders of our pure breed dogs, in which we incorporate into our breeding program, and this breeder information is typed on the Certificates. We opted not to put the certificates on our website for this reason. But have since thought about it and decided that probably the best
thing to do would be to post the certificates and simply blot out any other information irrelevant to the test results of our dogs, and that may reveal our protected bloodlines, either from the dogs registered name or the breeder name on the certificates.
Our Saint Berdoodle's begin from Pure Breed lines of which some have multiple championships have been won. One of our Saint Bernard studs comes from a Saint Bernard with not just one World Championship but three World Championships.
Therefore we will not have any breeders information of our breeding dogs on our Genetic Certificates or our dogs Registered names
One might ask why we would want to do this, why do we not want to show off such wonderful dogs pedigrees.?
The answer is simple. We wish to be the only Saint Berdoodle breeders with our outstanding bloodlines.
We do not mind showing our Genetic Testing, but we do not wish to reveal,what we call, the secret ingredients, which is our dogs bloodlines. It would be like KFC revealing the secret to their Chicken Recipe, and then all the Chicken restaurants could copy their ingredients, and then would KFC really be different from any other Chicken restaurants, if everyone was making the exact same Chicken.
I believe that most would agree!
We are not able to upload our Genetic testing results in the format they are in onto our website, Therefore photographs of each Genetic Certificate must be taken,
and then uploaded as a picture file.This is going to take a bit of time, but we hope to get it done soon.
One genetic test is required on the Saint Bernard. Why only one? You may be surprised to find that although the Saint Bernard is a really large dog with a lifespan of only 8-10 years old, genetically they are healthier than you may think they would be. Genetically speaking!
Genetic Tests on our Saint Bernard's.
# 1 - DM-SOD1-A (Genetic DNA)
# 2-Von Willebrands. (Genetic DNA)
# 3- Hips & Elbow (X rays)
Although one may think given the sheer size and shorter lifespan of the Saint Bernard that genetically they would be prone to many genetic diseases.
But genetically speaking the exact opposite is being found. They are not being tested for very many apparent genetic disorders at all, as one would think.
Based upon a couple of the major Genetic testing companies that report on the inherent diseases related to each breed and the tests which genetically should be performed on that particular breed.
The Saint Bernard only has one Genetic test which is to be performed on it. This test is called and that is the DM-SOD1-A
as according to the two major DNA Genetic testing company's who perform the Genetic testing on dogs, and both have concluded these same results for the Saint Bernard,
The disease description of the genetic disease is copied and pasted below to give you a better understanding of the possible inherit gene in the Saint Bernard known as DM-SOD1-A
Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)
DM description from the Gen Sol genetic lab description.....Degenerative myelopathy (DM) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that occurs in many breeds of dog.The disease is an adult-onset condition that has ALS like symptoms: progressive limb weakness and muscle loss, tremors, difficulty rising, and stumbling. Affected animals develop spinal and hind end problems later in life. It is inherited as a recessive disease based on these mutations, but there is also ongoing work to determine other factors that may play a role in severity and age of onset.
Although according to the Major companies who determine which breed related testing should be done on each breed, we do another test on our Saint Bernard's as well, and this is called the Von Willebrands Disease test.
As this disease has occasionally been seen to crop up in some Saint Bernard's, even though it is not common we still ave decided to include it in our testing.
Vw Von Willebrands description from the Gen Sol genetic lab description
Von Willebrands is characterized by the abnormally low production of a protein found in the blood called Von Willebrand's factor which plays a key role in the complex process of clotting a damaged blood vessel. Breeds with the severe form produce no Von Willebrand's factor.
Simply put a dog who has Von Willebrands disease is at a higher risk during a surgery to excessively bleed because they do not have enough VW factor to cause their blood to clot.
Besides the commonly known inherit diseases of Hip & Elbow Dypsplasia in Saint Bernard's, overall genetically speaking, and based upon what the geneticists have come up with in regards to what tests to perform on the Saint Bernard Dog breed.... one would have to conclude that genetically speaking about the Saint Bernard is that they are a pretty hardy breed, and genetically a healthier breed of dog than a lot of other larger breed dogs.
Testing done on our Poodles
#1 Hips & Elbows (X -Rays)
#2 Von Willebrands (Genetic DNA)
#3 Eyes (Cerf)
#4 DM SOD1-A (Genetic DNA)
#5 PRA PRCD (Genetic DNA)
#6 NE (Genetic DNA)
#7 Thyroid Test
#8 Heart (Congenital Cardiac Disease)
NE description from the Gen Sol genetic lab description... Neonatal encephalopathy (NE) or Neonatal encephalopathy with seizures (NEwS) is a recessive developmental brain disease. Affected pups exhibit extreme weakness, and those that survive the first week generally develop progressively worse ataxia, or inability to move properly. This is often accompanied by severe seizures. None have survived to 7 weeks of age.
PRA PRCD description from the Gen Sol genetic lab description... Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is a category of different progressive conditions related to retinal atrophy that can eventually lead to blindness. Progressive rod-cone degeneration (PRA-PRCD) is on specific type of PRA that affects many dog breeds. It is an inherited eye disease with late onset of symptoms that are due to degeneration of both rod and cone cells of the retina. These cells are important for vision in dim and bright light. Most dogs begin to show symptoms of the disease at approximately 3-5 years of age that manifests as difficulty seeing at night (night blindness) and loss of peripheral vision. Although rate of onset and disease progression can vary by breed, PRA-PRCD typically results in eventual loss of sight and complete blindness in affected dogs. It is important to note that other inherited eye disorders can display similar symptoms to PRA-PRCD.
Testing done on our Doodles
#1 Hips & Elbows (Vet X -Rays)
#2 Von Willebrands (Genetic DNA)
#3 DM SOD1-A (Genetic DNA)
#4 PRA PRCD (Genetic DNA)
#5 NE (Genetic DNA)