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health issues:


As with nearly all breeds of dog, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier has been identified to have certain genes which can cause health issues.  The idea behind screening for these genes, is primarily to eradicate these faults out of the breed, therefore any dog tested with them should be endorsed so you cannot breed on from them.  Insurance companies are cottoning on to these known health issues, and will either not insure your dog, or considerably increase your premium if your dog is untested or affected.

Therefore as a potential owner of a new staffie puppy, you must ensure the sire and the dam have had the necessary health screening, before you embark on purchasing any of their puppies. Please remember as long as the sire and dam are clear then the puppy will also be clear. If the parents haven't been tested, or their parents etc. then this is already a sign that you might not be dealing with a responsible breeder. In this case you must ensure the breeder gets the puppies individually tested, before you make any purchase. If they refuse, walk away.

Do not go on a breeders verbal confirmation that the parents or their puppies have been tested and are clear, please ensure you check the breeder has the documentation to back this up.  The primary document to check is the Kennel Club Owner Registration Certificate for the puppy. 


If the sire and dam haven't been tested, but the puppy has and is clear, then under the puppy health screening section it will state the following:

DNA Tests: (<Dateoftest>) - KC/AHT L-2HGA Clear  (<Dateoftest>) - KC/AHT HC-1 Clear


If the sire and dam have been tested and are clear, then under the puppy health screening section it will state the following:
 
DNA Tests: KC/AHT L-2HGA Hereditarily Clear  KC/AHT HC-1 Hereditarily Clear



To read more about these health issues please visit the excellent Stafford's web site by clicking here
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