Health & Welfare

Articles about Health & Welfare

In this section you can report health conditions Via our 'Report health' link or find the contact details for our breed health co-ordinator.

Articles about the general health and well being of your Spinone.

In this section you will find articles about specific health conditions.

Since March 2008, we have been able to test for Cerebellar Ataxia through the Animal Health Trust.  We are now reaching the time when tested dogs may appear further back in pedigrees so the Health Committee would like to remind all breeders and stud dog owners of the recommendations for testing. The Kennel Club have now agreed to recognise the linkage based test and results will be published in the quarterly Breed Record Supplements. Because the test is linkage based, the KC will not recognise a status of "cleared by parentage".  As a result, the ISCGB have successfully campaigned for the CA Test to be a Requirement for Assured Breeders and Club Members.

The CA Status of each individual dog is shown on their information page and these are updated quarterly (or you can send us a copy of your certificate for a quicker update). To learn how CA is inherited, view our CA Inheritance document.

Information about Bloat and Gastric Torsion, an owner's experience, download a survey form.

Please use our health reporting form to let us know of any instances of seizures so that we can include them in our health database by clicking the Report Health button in the menu or click here.

Please submit any information that you think may be helpful by clicking the Report Health button in the menu or click here.

Information about Hip Dysplasia, BVA Hip Scoring scheme, breed statistics, find a dog's hip score.

Information about Ostechondritis.