Blossom Valley Parson Russell Terriers
GENETIC INFORMATION
Genetic Disorders of Parson (Jack) Russell Terriers

"We need to quit whispering about defects, and gossiping about defects, and instead set up a sound program that allows the standard selection procedures to go on so that we breed good dogs and avoid major defects."
-- Dr. George A. Padgett, DVM*

According to the Guide to Hereditary and Congenital Diseases in Dogs, the following genetic defects occur in Parson Russell Terriers:

The Jack Russell Terrier Club of America lists 45 disorders that can occur in this breed:

EYE DISEASES

NEUROLOGIC DISEASES

HARD TISSUE DISEASES

RESPIRATORY DISEASES

ALIMENTARY DISEASES

BEHAVIORAL DISEASES

BLOOD DISEASES

HEART DISEASES

DERMATOLOGIC DISEASES

ENDOCRINE DISEASES

REPRODUCTIVE DISEASES

MISCELLANEOUS




* Dr. George A. Padgett, DVM is a veterinary pathologist at Michigan State University with a special interest in canine genetics.  He recommends open record keeping and that breeders should report ALL evaluations to databases, including abnormal and normal.  Without such open and honest reporting, we cannot expect to improve the genetic health of our breed as a whole.  


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