Health Information

The best information we currently have on the incidence of health problems in the breed at the moment is from the recent health survey we conducted in 2015.  The results of which can be found by clicking the relevant link below.

 

The survey indicated that the most commonly occurring issue in the breed was allergies, whether that be confined to specific areas of the body such as the ears or more general.

Unfortunately allergies, like in humans are a complicated condition to tackle with there being no definitive cure or treatment.  The extent to which the condition is inherited is not known.  It is something we are keen to investigate further.

Although this condition didn't feature dramatically in the health survey, it is something we are hearing about regularly "on the grapevine".  Problematically this health issue can occur for a number of different reasons, with genetics only being one of them.  The mode of inheritance in these cases is unknown.

There are several steps which we advise if your dog is diagnosed with epilepsy:

  1. It is critically important for the owners of dogs affected by this condition report back to their dogs breeders to allow them to take proactive steps to reduce it from their breeding program.
  2. We are also keen to hear about dogs affected by this.  Please report it using the health reporting survey button below or email health@hwva.org.uk.
  3. You can submit samples of your dogs DNA to the AHT.  The more samples that are stored with the AHT the easier it will be for them to look for the affected genes, should advances make it advantageous:  See here: http://www.aht.org.uk/cms-display/genetics_research.html
  4. You can get help and support from people experienced in dealing with this condition.

There have been a number of cases of hip dysplasia in the breed.  It is generally accepted that hip scoring breeding "stock" gives a useful insight into the status of their hips.  This can obviously form part of a picture when breeding from that dog.

The breed median score for Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla as published by the BVA in June 2015 is 11.  The recommendation from the BVA is that dogs to be bred from have hip scores around or ideally below the breed median score and that the scores of other closely related dogs are also considered.

Information on Hip Scoring

A relatively newly discovered condition in the breed.  Although there have only been a small number of clinical cases of the disease that we are aware of, the great news is this is a condition which we can eradicate easily.  The inheritance is straight forward and the mutated gene can easily be detected by a simple DNA test, thus enabling breeders to select not to produce affected dogs.

Information on Urate Stone Disorder

For any HWV that weren't reported in the 2015 Health Survey the survey has been reopened in order to continue to collect information.  Please fill in the form, whether or not there have been any health issues.  Anyone that completed the Health Survey who indicated they were happy to be contacted by us will have received links to update their dog's information for dogs they have already submitted.  If you have already told us about your dog but don't have the link to update it's information please contact health@hwva.org.uk and we will send it to you.

Complete a new health survey for a previously unreported HWV