Health Overview

Tollers are generally healthy. However, like almost all dog breeds, they have specific potential genetic disorders. Luckily Toller breeders have several DNA tests available that allow us to avoid producing them.  When you are searching for your next Toller please ensure the breeder is testing the Sire/Dam for the following:

  • Hip Dysplasia – an abnormal formation of the hip socket that can lead to severe arthritis and lameness.
  • Cardiac – A check for any malformation of the heart or great vessels.
  • Eyes (CAER) – A check for any inherited eye disease.
  • Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA) – an inherited disease causing defects in the formation of the eye.
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) – a group of diseases that cause the retina of the eye to degenerate slowly over time.
  • Juvenile Addison’s Disease (JADD) – a rare, early onset, chronic endocrine disorder in which the adrenal glands do not produce sufficient steroid hormones.
  • Cleft Palate (CP1) – a birth defect whereby a hole in the roof of the mouth develops while the puppy is in utero.
  • Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) – A debilitating disease that causes gradual paralysis
  • Degenerative Encephalopathy (DE) – a new neurodegenerative disease