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                                                      Health Testing

      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.




Dedicated to protect and preserve the poodle breed in a constant search for the poodles that best represent the standard in

personality, health and conformation

Rock Island, TN, 38581

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