Welcome to the Scottish Deerhound Club of America’s web site on Deerhound health issues. We hope this will help Deerhound owners and breeders, as well as those considering adding a Deerhound to their home.Read more
Photo by Pam Jacobs.
We are once again offering health testing and sample collections at the National Specialty. Here is a step-by-step guide.Read more
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Dr. Michael Court’s research on Delayed Bleeding Syndrome (DBS) is so close to being completed, but more samples are needed to get this project over the finish line!Read more
Photo by Rich Paice.
NEW! Cheek-swab testing for Delayed-Bleeding Syndrome has been added to the health testing offerings at the 2022 National Specialty in Frankenmuth, Michigan. Here is what we have planned:Read more
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Although congenital megaesophagus is exceedingly rare in Deerhounds, here is some recent research that may be helpful with any future cases.Read more
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Our research is still being impacted by COVID. Many projects continue to be delayed. But we have made a bit of progress on some fronts.
Photo by Verena von Eichborn, who passed away last week and whose photos will be greatly missed on this website.
Below are a couple of articles from the fall on new developments in diet-associated dilated cardiomyopathy.
Photo by Susan Trow.
Some high-profile people say that the top priority for making breeding decisions for all dogs, including Scottish Deerhounds, should be to increase genetic diversity. I believe this recommendation is a mistake that could harm, rather than improve, Deerhound health. Read more
Photo by Eva Svendsen.
As always, we plan on collecting samples for research and offering discounted health testing at the 2022 National Specialty in Frankenmuth, Michigan. Here is what we have planned:
Photo by Betty Stephenson.
From the Canine Health Foundation:
Join the Canine Health Foundation (CHF) on Wednesday evenings in February for our virtual Canine Breeder Excellence Seminar Tracks.
All photos by Marjan de Raad-Hemminga.
Even though it is not a test for a genetic disease, Deerhounds do have a new genetic test available: for the recessive mutation that causes hairlessness in our breed.