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I had a show bitch who had geographic folds ( I am pretty sure it was geo). At the time , nearly 20 yrs ago , the Cerf Dr said NOT to worry about them , they were similar to what Cockers have, and that he would not hesitate to breed her. I did , 3 times, and she never produced any eye issues, nor dwarfism.
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So if a puppy isn't CERF'd until it is older & folds may have disappeared, then older pup/dog should be tested for OD to rule out silent carrier status.
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About 10 years ago I met a researcher at UW-Madison who was doing research on the folds NOT related to OculoSkeletal Dysplasia (OSD = "dwarfism" in the old days).
I recall that the part of the eye was the suspected relation, but I don't know if that research was ever published once the genetic test came out.
There was a famous (High Point Open) dog whose folds faded out as he became older, but kept right on throwing dwarfs... The flods can fade, the defective gene doesn't...
The fading folds are why - back in the olden days - it was important to test puppies.
Dwarfism went down a lot between 1990 and 2010 partly because of the puppy eye tests, but now there's a better way.