NAFTCH FC AFC He's Czar Nicholas is 13 years old. To the best of my knowledge he was campaigned for 10 years without any time off for injuries. The sound ones are out there, but they are sure getting harder to find. Especially since many of the popular sires have blown ACLs during their careers.That's what I was thinking Sue. Plus this dog has been running trials for many years - that is a lot of wear and tear.
and you can breed them;-) unlike a dog with hip displaysia (well, you could breed that dog too, and perhaps some people would buy pups....but, the point being.....)One dog with a blown knee is no big deal. A dog with blown knees who has littermates with blown knees, both sire and dam with blown knees and lots of offspring with blown knees makes me just a wee bit suspicious. But who cares as long as they win, right?
if there was a genetic marker for it, i would love that. the more clearances, the better the odds that one won't have poor health. not a guarantee, but increases the odds.Maybe we need to find a genetic marker for it and casuse another panic.
Make that two!!I would much more likely breed my clear bitch to a CNM or EIC carrier than to a dog that comes from lines that have a very high incedence of blown cruciate ligaments. The fact that some pups will likely be carriers of EIC or CNM in no way affects their ability to be great HT dogs or hunting companions. Lack of soundness is another issue altogether. One man's opinion.