In our journey towards becoming breeders, we have also learned about the efforts of GSMD breeders to promote health, sound structure, ideal temperament, longevity and viability of the breed. We plan to continue this effort through seeking OFA clearances, including eyes, shoulders, elbows, and hips, as well as participating in any relevant testing for suspected genetic conditions within the breed. While there are currently no proven genetic diseases within Swissies, there are ongoing studies to find a potential genetic link to epilepsy as well as a suspected bleeding disorder (P2Y12). Large breeds in general are more susceptible to joint dysplasia, bloat, and osteosarcoma, so these are also being studied within the breed. Rates of illness in Swissies for pretty much all of these diseases do not currently exceed the averages within the general dog population. Swissies in particular DO appear more susceptible to splenic torsion, often associated with bloat.
The College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota is currently recruiting Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs for a research study on idiopathic epilepsy. If you would like to learn more / participate in this study, or contribute to their research, please visit the following page: