On this page you will find the results of health tests for Rico 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.



Rico's hips & elbows are certified through the A-Stamp Program through the United Schutzhund Club of America.

A-Stamp Certification - 'a' normal Hips & Elbows ZW# 67 (07.18)


Rico Hips
Rico Left Elbow
Rico Right Elbow



We DNA tested Rico for the Degenerative Myelopathy mutation on October 10, 2013 - Results: N/N - Clear


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




Rico was bit in his left eye when he was 9 weeks old. He had an eye laceration and the ER vet wanted to close his optic nerve. He was brought home and treated for a long time. His vision in that eye will never be 100 percent but it will not stop him from working.


Because of this injury, he cannot pass a CERF exam.


Rico has developed cataracts in his bad eye



We DNA tested Rico for the Brucellosis on February 2nd 2014 - Results: Negative


Brucellosis is a bacterial infection which affects the reproductive organs of both male and female dogs. The disease is spread by body fluids, with the main route of transmission being by sexual means. In addition to sexual means the disease can be transmitted by ingesting contaminated fluids such as vaginal discharge or urine. Airborne transmission is very rare but has been reported. The disease spreads quickly among dogs that are kept in closely confined areas especially during breeding times and when abortions occur.

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