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Boerboel Genetic Diseases

For several thousand years dogs have been our companions, helpers and guardians. A dog, treated with a little kindness, will be your friend for life.
How do we reward them? By condemning many to a life of pain or an early death due to various inherited diseases.
Do we not owe them more than this?

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This page is still under construction, requiring a lot of information; I am working on getting this, along with working on other parts of this site. Below however are genetic disorders known to exist in one or more Boerboels. If any know of other disorders that need to be addressed here, please inform me.



 Cervical Spondylomyelopathy
AKA - Wobblers

A picture paints a thousand words...
See Videos found at "Genetic Diseases" under the same name
Cervical Spondylomyelopathy

Wobbler Syndrome in the Boerboel - A case study by Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital - South Africa


Cleft Lip/Palate - CLP



Elbow Dysplasia - ED

A reply from OFA - following a query I made to them reeds...

Unlike hip dysplasia there is no subdivision of normal with the elbow dysplasia database.  This is due to the differences in joints the elbow being a hinge joint versus a ball and socket for the hip where degree of fit and socket depth makes a difference between grades of normal.

G.G. Keller, D.V.M., MS
Diplomate ACVR
Chief of Veterinary Services
Orthopedic Foundation for Animals


Fold Dermatitis - FDI



Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy - GCL



Hip Dysplasia - HD



Narrow Angle Glaucoma - NAG



Open Angle Glaucoma - OAG



Patella Luxation suspect



Pituitary Dwarfism - PD



Sebaceous Adenitis - SA



Seborrhea - SEB



Tetralogy of Fallot - TF



Recessive Megaoesophagus - MOGR



Ventricular Septal Defect - VSD



Wobbler Syndrome

see Cervical Spondylomyelopathy