We will be continually looking at available information to see what actions are necessary to ensure the optimal health of the HWV. Our Health Survey conducted in conjunction with the AHT gave us useful information on the health of the breed. We conducted our own survey in 2015 to follow on from this. We are keen to follow up and investigate health issues identified by the results of these surveys. We are currently analysing the best ways of doing this and will report back on this in due course.
Also, a reminder to all breeders and owners to contact us with information of health issues they have encountered whether previously or currently for our records. We appreciate that health issues by their very nature can prove a delicate subject and we will endeavour to act with the upmost discretion. We are happy to keep any information given confidential, if requested. However, we do urge everyone to be open about health issues they encounter since extra knowledge provides us with more opportunity to act upon it.
The best way to report issues to us is through our health survey:Complete a new health survey for a previously unreported HWV
If not you can contact us directly. The following information is useful:
- Dogs pedigree name and pedigree details if possible (to identify genetics)
- Date of Birth
- Diagnosis and tests performed to confirm this
- Contact details
Don’t worry if you don’t have all these details, anything is better than nothing. However, the more definite details you can give us the easier it is to act on the information.
We also strongly recommend that owners report all problems to the dog’s breeders to enable them to make the most informed breeding decisions possible.
We are passionate about ensuring that this wonderful breed have a healthy future and we are undertaking several initiatives to ensure that this is the case.