All breeders should carry out annual eye
testing of their breeding Tibetan Terriers. However, to put things into perspective,
in the past 23 years there have been 57 confirmed cases of P.R.A. and P.L.L.
in a total of 22,224 dogs registered in the catchment period.
In the UK we have only 2 confirmed cases of N.C.L.
In addition to D.N.A. testing we recommend that
breeding stock hold a current B.V.A. eye certificate, where the general
health of the eye is monitored enabling early detection of any problem.
Like any living being, Tibetan Terriers can suffer injury.
Together with the wear and tear of old age, other illness such as cancer,
diabetes, thyroid problems, and a few other conditions, have been presented
but certainly in no exceptional numbers.
There are no laws in place governing the health tests that
breeders carry out. However, the T.T.B.O.C. would encourage you to purchase
puppies from adults that have had appropriate health testing.
Please remember that on the whole this is a happy and healthy
breed of dog, with mostly dedicated breeders who have devoted years of hard work
in maintaining this status.
If you would like further information on any of the above please contact Wendy
Gardner whose details are on the committee page.