CHIC Health Screening – A list of health tests which are considered of high importance for screening in our breed.

General Breed Health Information

The Czechoslovakian Vlciak is a hardy and healthy breed. Dogs should be checked for canine hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, degenerative myelopathy (DM), pituitary dwarfism (DW) and basic heart exam (annually). New owners should verify these results with their breeder before purchasing a puppy. Known cases of pituitary dwarfism exist but a genetic test is available. Within the breed, there are rare and isolated cases of cardiac problems, seizure disorder, lens luxation and EPI that have been documented. Breeders should be aware of the Wright’s co-efficient of sire and dam prior to breeding, and breed for healthy genetic diversity. As a rare breed, it is very important that breeders limit the amount of line-breeding/inbreeding to preserve the health and genetic integrity of our breed. Vlciaks are a very energetic breed and benefit from a high-quality dog food that will provide them with the calories they need. That said, the Vlciak is a lean breed, and should not carry much fat.