The Hovawart breed can suffer from:
- Hip dysplasia
- Hypothyroidism¹ where the thyroid gland is underactive and does not product enough thyroid hormone. This can result in low energy levels, weight gain and skin problems.
- Sebaceous adenitis² which is a disease affecting the skin glands and causing dry skin and hair loss.
- Intestinal adenocarcinoma³ which is a type of cancer which arises from cells in the gut.
Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing:
- Hip dysplasia screening scheme
¹M. Bianchi et al, 'A multi-breed genome-wide association analysis for canine hypothyroidism identifies a shared major risk locus on CFA12', Aug 2015, PLOS Journal
²J. Lortz et al, 'A multicentre placebo‐controlled clinical trial on the efficacy of oral ciclosporin A in the treatment of canine idiopathic sebaceous adenitis in comparison with conventional topical treatment', Nov 2010, Veterinary Dermatology
³L. Frgelecová, 'Canine gastrointestinal tract tumours: a retrospective study of 74 cases', 2014, Acta Veterinaria Brno