At Danube, poodles health testing plays a very important role.
We genetically test all breeding stock.
Hips are radiographed at 1 year (preliminary) and 2 years (official) to check for hip dysplasia and sent to the Orthopedic Foundation of Animals (OFA) for evaluation. With this radiograph the radiologist can view and rule out a debilitating hereditary degenerative joint disease called Leggs-Calf Perthes (LCP).
All poodles are prcd tested by DNA blood test, or are ‘A’ by parentage. Prcd(progressive rod-cone degeneration) is only ONE form of PRA( progressive retinal atrophy) that can afflict poodles.
Patellas are examined by a veterinarian as puppies and then certified with OFA as adults. It is not unusual for a young puppy to have slightly loose (but not luxating) patellas until they build muscle mass, but by 1 year the ligaments should be tight. Knees are certified after 1 year of age.
All poodles are DNA tested for the dwarfism gene.