Yorkshire Terriers can be prone to:
- Patellar luxation
- Tracheal collapse
- Legg-Perthes disease
- Total retinal dysplasia which is a condition where the back of the eye does not develop properly, which can lead to complete blindness.
- Hereditary cataracts (late onset) which is a condition where the lens in the eye becomes cloudy and this can result in blindness.
- Progressive retinal atrophy which is an inherited disorder where part of the eye degenerates and wastes away which can result in blindness.
- Diabetes mellitus² which is a condition where dogs develop very high sugar levels because they do not produce a normal amount of insulin.
- Chiari malformation syringomyelia³ which is a condition where fluid-filled areas develop around the spinal cord causing pain.
- Urolithiasis which is when stones form in the urinary tract and can cause pain.
Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing:
None but there are several recommended schemes that the Kennel Club recommends which can be found here.
¹M. Mattin et al, An epidemiological study of diabetes mellitus in dogs attending first opinion practice in the UK', 2014, The Veterinary Record
²K. M. Tobias, 'Association of breed with the diagnosis SMALL ANIMALS of congenital portosystemic shunts in dogs: 2,400 cases (1980–2002)', Dec 2003, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
³M. B. Carnes, 'Chiari-like Malformation: An Overview' Today's Veterinary Practice