The French Bulldog Club of Puget Sound 

The French Bulldog Club of Puget Sound 

Health Testing and Links

Recommended Health Testing (some breeders will choose to do all, some will do a mix of what they consider to be the most important or quality of life affecting).  The French Bulldog Club of Puget Sound believes in the motto “Health Testing is not an option, it’s a responsibility”.  


Spine X-rays for hemivertabrae-

Hip X-rays- Hip Dysplasia is a terrible genetic disease because of the various degrees of arthritis (also called degenerative joint disease, arthrosis, osteoarthrosis) it can eventually produce, leading to pain and debilitation

Luxating Patellas The patella, or kneecap, is part of the stifle joint (knee). In patellar luxation, the kneecap luxates, or pops out of place, either in a medial or lateral position.Bilateral involvement is most common, but unilateral is not uncommon. Animals can be affected by the time they are 8 weeks of age. The most notable finding is a knock-knee (genu valgum) stance. The patella is usually reducible, and laxity of the medial collateral ligament may be evident. The medial retinacular tissues of the stifle joint are often thickened, and the foot can be seen to twist laterally as weight is placed on the limb.

Cardiac -Congenital heart diseases in dogs are malformations of the heart or great vessels. The lesions characterizing congenital heart defects are present at birth and may develop more fully during perinatal and growth periods. Many congenital heart defects are thought to be genetically transmitted from parents to offspring; however, the exact modes of inheritance have not been precisely determined for all cardiovascular malformations.

Tracheal Hyplasia  With tracheal hypoplasia the trachea has a decreased luminal diameter resulting in breathing difficulties. The condition is common in Bulldog and non-Bulldog brachycephalic breeds.

 CERF  Canine Eye Registration Foundation

Hereditary Juvenile Cataracts.    One HSF4 mutation causes the recessive form of Hereditary Cataracts in Boston Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and French Bulldogs. Because it is recessive, a dog must have two copies of this mutation to experience this form of cataracts. This mutation is only responsible for early-onset hereditary cataracts, which typically occur between 12 months and 3 years of age in Staffordshires, and between 2-3 years in Boston Terriers. Boston Terriers can also be afflicted by late-onset hereditary cataracts; however, the HSF4 gene mutation is not responsible for that particular form of cataracts. The causative gene for Late-onset Hereditary Cataracts in Boston Terriers has not been determined at this time.


OFA  Recommended Tests for the French Bulldog 
Animal Genetics for Cataracts

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