Displasia Lagotto Romagnolo

Dysplasia in the dog

Hip dysplasia (HD) is a pathology borne by the COXO-femoral joint that affects many dog breeds and may have often severe arthrosic evolution. It was the first skeletal and hereditary pathology studied in the dog. Elbow dysplasia (ED) is one of the most important causes of anterior limb lameness of the Young and elderly dog (taken from the site of the official central reading radiographs Celemasche)

Dysplasia in the Lagotto Romagnolo

The Lagotto Romagnolo passes through being a breed that is not afflicted by dysplasia. The reality is very different!

Its light weight well supports light grades of dysplasia. And this is a very positive fact. The difference between withstanding dysplasia well to be free of dysplasia is so much, far too much! For those who breed, the dysplasia puts important stakes. It represents costs, makes discard some easy couplings, obliges to have to remove from the reproduction some dogs. It means confronting problems and situations. In Some cases even veterinarians do not help. Where there is money there is always someone ready to take advantage. In all categories. And even dysplasia for someone can only represent a business. For those who buy a puppy Lagotto is often "not knowing" that pushes to buy puppies without controls. Just looking at the price can lead to wrong choices. Even worse to pay puppies as selected because the Lagotto Romagnolo passes for being a breed not afflicted by dysplasia.

Our choice is to have litters exclusively from Lagotto Romagnolo whose degree of dysplasia is ascertained by radiography on also and elbows.

Only with such information can we determine the right mates, think about healthy puppies and pursue the improvement of the breed.

The Lagotto Romagnolo dysplasia in the institutions

Enci does not limit the degree of dysplasia within which the reproducers must stand. The limit is on the recognition of selected reproducers.

Only Lagotto Romagnolo with a degree of hip dysplasia A, B, C are recognized as selected breeders.

The breed clubs, all, each for the related breed, have self-limiting.

The Italian Club Lagotto Romagnolo admits only dogs with hip dysplasia degree A, B, C to the list of male breeding males.

For the dysplasia of the elbows the Club does not pose limits. Many Lagotto Romagnolo farms, attentive to the health of their puppies, verify the degree of dysplasia of the elbow of their mares and stallions. Already from these few lines we understand how:

It is ethical to proceed with the reproduction and rearing of Lagotto Romagnolo with radiographed dogs whose degree of dysplasia is officially established.

They are the reading units that establish the degree of dysplasia and report it to the pedigrees. They issue official certificates such as those reported in all the listings of our Lagotti Romagnoli. All!

There's no dysplasia-free puppies

No one can give guarantees of exemption from dysplasia for puppies.

Because Polygenic Diplasia are not genetic testing. In order to affirm that the genetic inheritance of parents is free of dysplasia, they must not be dysplastic, all siblings, grandparents and uncles. The genetic heritage of Lagotto Romagnolo is not so wide. The pedigree and the radiograph The Dogs also serves this, to qualify the kinship to go in the right direction. From dogs with a degree of dysplasia C can be born puppies with a degree of dysplasia a and vice versa. It depends also on the relationship. It makes no sense to ignore this pathology for those who breed and even for those who buy a puppy of Lagotto Romagnolo.

Welcoming a puppy of Lagotto Romagnolo son of parents and in case tested grandparents, shifts the odds of having a healthy puppy heavily on our side.

Classification of dysplasia

The F.C.I. Fédération Cynologique Internationale classifies hip dysplasia in 5 degrees, whose medical definition is described in Italian on the FSA Foundation Animal Health Website:

  • Grade A-no sign of dysplasia
  •  Grade B-almost normal hip joint
  • Grade C-Light hip dysplasia
  • Grade D-Medium hip dysplasia
  • Grade E-Severe hip dysplasia

The F.C.I. Fédération Cynologique Internationale classifies elbow dysplasia in 5 degrees.

  • Grade 0-No alterations
  •  BL-(borderline, transitional) Grade: Minimal articular alterations
  • Grade 1-presence of amplitude osteophytes< 2="" mm,="" e/o="" di="" sclerosi="" subtrocleare="" dell’ulna="" e/o="" di="" incongruenza="" articolare="">< 2 mm 2=""></ 2 mm>
  • Grade 2-presence of osteophytes of amplitude from 2 to 5 mm
  • Grade 3-Presence of width osteophytes > 5 mm


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