Corgi Health

At Dolce Vita Corgis, we take pride in breeding healthy puppies…..

Our dogs are examined on a regular basis by our vet to ensure they are in proper health prior to being breed. We only make the decision to breed our dogs after clearance is given by the vet.

On top of our dogs being examined on the regular by our vet, we also test all of our dogs through Embark. We chose Embark because it screens over 180 different genetic health conditions! Below are the most common genetic health traits in the Pembroke Welsh Corgi in more details.

Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)

Because of their long bodies, Pembroke Welsh Corgis are highly susceptible to degenerative myelopathy, which is a chronic, progressive and often fatal disease of the spinal cord. 

Von Willenbrand Disease (vWD)

Von Willenbrand Disease is a blood clotting disorder can be identified with a simple blood test. It is very important to check for vWD before your Pembroke Welsh Corgi undergoes surgery. There is no cure for it, but it can be managed with activity modification to prevent injury.

Exercise Induced Collapse (EIC)

Exercise Induced Collapse is a disease where dogs lose control of their muscles following periods of extreme exercise.  Dogs with this disorder become wobbly 5-25 minutes after extreme exercise and may collapse and even die if exercise is continued. 

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)

This is a hereditary disorder where the retina degenerates, eventually causing blindness. 

X-Linked Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (XSCID)

X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency is an inherited disease affecting the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Affected dogs are unable to produce a protein important for proper immune function, predisposing them to severe recurrent or chronic bacterial, viral and fungal infections. 

Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)

Intervertebral disc disease is a common condition in dogs with long backs and short legs. The disease is caused when the jelly-like cushion between one or more vertebrae slips or ruptures, causing the disc to press on the spinal cord.



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