On this page you will find the results of health tests for Phyre vom Patiala. These tests were done for three reasons; first, breeding by SV standards requires health testing. Second, some additional testing should be required and is not - and third, we want to do all we can to ensure the health of our breeding stock.


I have heard discussions that insinuate some breeders 'over test' to charge more for their puppies and I have also heard that the only reason someone would run non-required tests is because they suspect there may be an issue.  Neither of these statements is valid here.




The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about health and the German Shepherd Dog is hip dysplasia.  Everyone seems to 'know' that the GSD has hip problems, but most don't know much more than that.  Passing hips through a certification process is not enough - breeders need to understand more.....


Dysplasia is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that, in its more severe form, can eventually cause crippling lameness and painful arthritis of the joints. It is a genetic (polygenic) trait that is affected by environmental factors.


To help decrease the risk of producing puppies that may develop dysplasia (both hip and elbow), breeders x-ray and certify the 'quality' of their breeding dogs.  There are several different certification processes available and we have chosen to use the PennHIP system because of it's superior evaluation method and to also use the SV's A-Stamp program because of its advantages.


Emmy's hips were x-rayed at 9 months and submitted to the University of Pennsylvania's PennHip Program. You can learn more about this process and the different views here.




At the same time, her elbows were x-rayed.  Unfortunately I didn't get very good photos of these x-rays.

The reason she was x-rayed at a young age was to see if it was worth putting in the time, energy and money into her training.  The commitment to Schutzhund is a big one, and to put countless hours into a dog that will not be able to do the sport because of a crippling disease is pointless.


Click here for the results of her PennHip X-rays


Her elbows were looked at by my vet and she was given the all clear to carry on with her training.


Emmy was again x-rayed at 23 months and the radiographs were submitted to the SV's A-Stamp Program through the United Schutzhund Club of America. The photos of the x-rays were taken up against a window so they have some background images.

A-Stamp Certification - 'a' normal Hips & Elbows ZW# 74 (07.18)     Hip Certificate     Elbow Certificate


Along with certifying her hips and elbows, I've also studied her pedigree to see how the dogs behind her looked.  The following two charts show hip results and zuchtwert numbers of all the dogs in Emmy's pedigree. Roll over them to see the results.

Emmy Hips
This is a demo image

Why do we believe PennHip is a better evaluation method?

Click on my article about hips to read why.



We DNA tested Emmy for the Degenerative Myelopathy mutation on December 19, 2011 - Results: N/A - Carrier


Degenerative Myelopathy is a progressive disease of the spinal cord in older dogs. The disease has an insidious onset typically between 7 and 14 years of age. It begins with a loss of coordination (ataxia) in the hind limbs.


Breeding risks for DEGENERATIVE MYELOPATHY can be calculated using the Punnett Square




On July 2nd, 2013 Embrr passed her (re)CERF exam

On February 13th, 2012 Embrr passed her CERF Exam


The Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF) is an organization that was founded by a group of concerned, purebred owner/breeders who recognized that the quality of their dog's lives were being affected by heritable eye disease. CERF was then established in conjunction with cooperating, board certified, veterinary ophthalmologists, as a means to accomplish the goal of elimination of heritable eye disease in all purebred and recently hybrid dogs by forming a centralized, national registry.



On February 13th, 2012 Embrr was found to have auscultation within normal limits and no evidence of congenital heart disease.


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.



On March 18th 2012, Emmy was rushed to the Alta Visa Animal Hospital around midnight with a spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung). This was a result of a severe infection caused by aspirating some vomit (she had vomited in a moving vehicle about 3 weeks prior).


Because of the infection, part of her lung was removed (thoracotomy), she spent 5 days in the ICU and was put on a heavy dose of 3 different antibiotics for six months. During the course of her recovery she experienced a severe bout of anemia caused by one of the antibiotics.


After 4 months of treatment, new lung x-rays were taken and she was given the all clear. She continued with the two remaining antibiotics for the remainder of the 6 month treatment and has not experienced any lasting effects.


This was a fluke accident - The vets were very impressed with her amazing recovery, strength and vitality.


Letter from Dr. Eric de Madron, D.V.M., A.C.V.LM., Cardiology, E.C.V.I.M., Internal Medicine


Dr. de Madron states that this will have no impact on future breeding as the pneumothorax and subsequent infection was not hereditary or congenital in origin.

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