Raffles Cockapoo Health Testing

We carry out all the recommended health testing as suggested for the specific breed (Kennel Club). Please note there are different health testing requirements for the different type of Spaniels and also the different Poodles, toy, miniature and standard. So this is why you will read that some tests are done by some breeders and not others, it all depends on what type of spaniel or poodle they breed from.  http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/services/public/breed/    Although we do hip score our miniature poodles it is not a requirement from the Kennel Club for poodle assured breeders to do for poodle breeding.

Raffles health testing is as below and is for the English Show Cocker and the Miniature Poodle.  We only breed from the show cocker spaniel and the miniature poodle. For Cavapoos we breed from the miniature poodle and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. We do have a toy poodle coming into our cavapoochon breeding and a toy poodle has a different set of health testing requirements, which we have in place.

  • PRA Clear – not just by DNA but each individual dog has been tested with a certificate, please note only one of the parents needs to be clear for the pups NOT to be affected. So information sites which say both parents is incorrect information. You can view this here. http://www.optigen.com/opt9_test_prcd_pra.html

  • BVA Eye Tested – BVA eye tests check for cataracts and other common eye issues.

  • Mums – We regular heart test all our Mums. (English Show Cocker Spaniels and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels)

  • FN Testing – Any spaniel that is under the age of 2, and has a litter is FN tested. This testing is only required on a spaniel under the age of 2, if no symptoms have presented itself by this age the spaniel will not suffer from FN. You will see this below where it says unlikely to be alive at reproduction age.

  • All our Show Cocker Spaniels Dads, are FN tested and clear.

  • All our Miniature Poodles are hip scored, with an excellent low score. The lower the result the better, it is scored out of 106. If you are showing or breeding Poodles KC Club recommend a mean score 10/11 out of 106, which is extremely low, this is for poodle to poodle KC show breeding, our current poodle sires range from 5 through to 15, which is out of 106. The average is 16 for the miniature poodle, and the mean is 10/11. If we ever have a sire with a too high hip score, it does not become one of our main studs. To view the average hip scores of all breeds see here.

  • http://www.dogslovethem.co.uk/Breed-Hip-Scores.html Please note the Kennel Club Assured Breeders it is NOT a requirement to hip score the miniature poodle, only 81 poodles in the UK have ever been tested by the BVA, which is very low.

Results using the FN test:

N= Homozygous Normal/Clear

Can be bred to any dog. Will never produce
affected pups. Will never develop FN

C= Heterozygous/Carrier

Should be bred to Normal partners to remove the
risk of producing affected - Will never develop FN

A= Homozygous Mutant

Affected Shouldn’t be bred. Unlikely to be alive at
reproductive age. Will develop/has FN

The beauty of a hybrid dog is when you cross two pedigree dogs,  you can/may limit/remove the common health problems commonly seen in a pedigree.