Keeping the Large Munsterlander healthy
The Large Munsterlander is generally considered a healthy breed compared to others, and it is quite lucky that there is no differentiation between working/show type. There are some health issues that we monitor within the breed. These are: elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia, eye tests and HUU (hyperuricosuria).
When breeding from Large Munsterlanders we need to test for hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, hereditary cataracts and HUU.
Supported by The Kennel Club, the LMC regularly runs health surveys to identify any issues with the health of the breed.
The Kennel Club has compiled the results from the Large Munsterlander health survey and this can be found below.
The results gained from this survey will direct new research to specific areas of the breed’s health that requires further attention to ultimately improve the future health and well-being of the Large Munsterlander.
If you have any comments about the survey, please contact our Health Coordinator, Karen Caile.
Hip/elbow dysplasia is a complex inherited condition where the joint does not develop correctly. As a dog gets older, the joint undergoes wear and tear and deteriorates, leading to a loss of function.
All Large Munsterlanders should have hips X-rayed and scored on the BVA/KC Screening Scheme. All Large Munsterlanders born after 1st January 2008 should have elbows X-rayed and scored on the BVA/KC scheme. It is important to look at other scores within the lineage of the dog and take this into consideration when breeding/buying.
In affected dogs, uric acid does not dissolve easily in urine and accumulates. The excessive amount of uric acid forms crystals which lead to urinary calculi (stones), which may require surgery.
The disease is described as an autosomal-recessive condition. Dogs can either be classed as clear, carrier or affected. It is mandatory for LMC members that matings only take place between Large Munsterlanders that have been DNA tested.
A cataract is an “opacity” - or loss of transparency - of the lens of the eye. The opacity may be confined to a small area of the lens, or it may affect the whole structure. A complete cataract affecting both eyes will result in blindness, whereas small non-progressive cataracts will not interfere with vision.
Large Munsterlanders should have their eyes screened with the BVA/KC/ISDS Eye Screening Scheme.