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     Black Russian Terriers come from four major breed influences. They are the Giant Schnauzer, Rottweiler, Newfoundland, and the Airedale Terrier. These large breeds are a major part of the list of genetic components in this breed. There are also as many as 13 more breeds used in the mix; Moscow Diver, Caucasian Shepard, etc. 

     What does all of this mean? Well it is important to understand that when a crossbreed is created along with desired traits other genetic traits come with the package. So we have to understand the breeds used and why it is a concern to the Black Russian Terrier breed.

     As mentioned before, genes are the carrier for good and bad traits. ALL Black Russian Terriers have genetic markers for these following diseases. Lets look at what the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) it is recommended Black Russian Terriers be screened for: 

1.     Dysplasia - Hip (OFA screen)
2.     Dysplasia - Elbow (OFA screen)
3.     Eye - PRA, PPM, Cataract, Distichiasis (CHIC screen)
4.     Congenital Cardiac Disease- (OFA screen)

5.     JLPP - Juvenile Laryngeal Paralysis & Polyneuropathy
       {These are CHIC minimum standards}  

     Other problems are Thyroid; Hyperthyroidism, Hyperuricosuria, and Addison’s disease.

     There is also a study which was performed by the University of California, Davis which found a hereditary gene for Hyperuricosuria (Bladder Stones) in our breed. We now have a genetic test to determine if a dog is a carrier, non-carrier, or a potential to contract the disease.  

     For more information on go to CHIC database http://caninehealthinfo.org/

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