Coco's Story

My personal issue with a genetic fault:

I adopted a wonderful little girl from a VERY REPUTABLE SHOW BREEDER, SHE HAD MANY AKC CHAMPIONS IN HER PEDIGREE. At the age of 12-24,,months before my mom's are bred I have them CERF tested. On 7/20/2008 I took her to

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to be tested. Since my regular vets dose not do Cerf testing. In order to do Cerf testing you have to have special schooling. To my surprise the doctor said she had beginning stages of Progressive Retinal Atrophy. This disease can only be found by doing a CERF test, until your dog go's blind. The doctor I saw said Shih Tzu's are one of the number 1 breed with this eye problem.

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I was very surprised about this, since my baby had come from a show breeder. I thought buying from a show breeder, I would magically be protected. I was WRONG...

What I am trying to say just because a Shorkie breeder has AKC or champion lines in their adults, there is no way you can tell if they have a genetic flaw unless you do the proper genetic testing. That goes even if they raised up the adult from a puppy. Some parents can still be carries and not have the disease them self. That is why EVERY one in the breeding program should be tested.

The point to breeding is allow our puppy parents to have the BEST and to produce HEALTHIER offspring for them. When you breed genetically sound adults you get a healthier off spring. which in general is making a better fur kid.

Genetically sound Shorkies are best combination of both worlds. Shorkies are the most loyal and loving breed. I look forward to hearing from you, and helping you adopt The Perfect Genetically sound "Fur Baby" for your family

Below is a wonderful article I found about this disease.

Visit here to see a great article on RPA

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