While Tervuren generally are healthy dogs, certain conditions occur with some frequency. The most notable of these would be seizure disorders, cataracts, hypothyroidism, allergies, dysplasia (hips and elbows), and osteochondritis. Recently, cases of PRA and Von Willebrands disease have surfaced. The ABTC has long been at the forefront of improving the overall health of our breed by encouraging responsible breeding, and regular health screening through OFA and CERF registry. The Club is making a concerted effort to track the incidence of health problems in Tervuren, and takes positive steps to develop and encourage use of screening tools to control them.
Current Terv-related research projects
- Epilepsy genetic marker study--Researchers at UC-Davis are working to identify the major gene effecting epilepsy in Tervs. We hope this will lead to a genetic screening test for epilepsy! See articles below.
- PRA genetic marker study-- Researchers at Michigan State University are working to identify the gene causing PRA in Tervs. We hope this will lead to a blood test for PRA in our breed! See articles below.
- White blood cell count determination of Tervuren--Cathy Greenfield, DVM conducted a survey of Tervuren at the 1998 Specialty in Delevan, WI to determine the normal values for white blood cell counts in Tervuren. Normal WBC values of Tervuren appear to be lower than the values reported for the average canine population. The results of the study will be published in TNT.
- 1998 Health Survey--Don MacManus conducted a survey of ABTC members to develop an overview of the incidence of health problems in Tervuren. The results of this survey were printed in Tervuren News Tales Dec/Jan, 1999, and are available in the on-line library below.