Schnauzer Health

Schnauzer Health

General Position

The Schnauzer is a robust, medium sized breed that is generally considered to be healthy but to ensure that we maintain this position an Annual Health Report is produced and forwarded to the Kennel Club.

Annual Health Report

Schnauzer Annual Health Report 2016

PRESS RELEASE – DNA testing scheme for dilated cardiomyopathy

Health Testing – Schnauzers

Schemes or advice relevant to this breed

There are currently no schemes, tests and/ or advice requirements for Kennel Club Assured Breeders.

General Advice

When looking for a puppy, you are strongly advised to ask the breeder for up to date details on the health of the dam and puppies as well as the general health status of the breed.

The Schnauzer is a robust medium sized breed that is generally considered to be healthy but to ensure that we maintain this position an annual healthy survey is carried out in order that we can identify and hopefully tackle problems that prove numerically significant.

In order to get a full picture, it is important that we capture data about healthy dogs, those who have encountered health problems as well as those that have died and all information will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We would encourage all Schnauzer owners to contribute to the Annual Health Survey.

Recent research

In 2014, the Animal Molecular Genetics Lab at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine (UoM) discovered a gene mutation responsible for Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) in young Standard Schnauzers. Click on the link below for more information.

In addition if you wish to talk through problems, Chris Ellingworth, our health representative, is available for advice on: doncleve@me.com