Health

As already stated, HPRs are hunting machines and as with a performance car, in order to function to maximum efficiency must be maintained to the highest standards, which, in this case means health care.

Health issues have always been of the highest priority at Ghyllbeck and we maintain that good health and good husbandry are inseparable, the basis of this being (as with humans) a varied and nourishing diet and regular exercise.

Thanks to the dedication and diligence of the breedís founding fathers, Large Munsterlanders are generally healthy and are not regarded as being particularly susceptible to any congenital disease. However, there is a small number of such conditions which are known to have occurred in the breed and it may be of value, especially to newcomers, to discuss these and their relevance to Ghyllbeck objectives.

Advances in veterinary science and technology have made it possible to detect and diagnose potentially harmful conditions in dogs (and humans) before they become apparent rather than after they have had their damaging effect, as was previously the case, thereby allowing steps to be taken to combat them.

It has been established that some breeds have a high incidence of certain conditions, whilst other conditions can be breed specific, that is, only know to occur in certain breeds and this has enabled various schemes to be devised and initiated, which aim to identify, record and ultimately eradicate these conditions, to the benefit of not just the breeds in question but to dogs in general.

The Kennel Club is foremost in the implementation of these health schemes and encourages breeders to participate as part of any breeding plan. Of all the conditions covered by the health schemes only two have been identified in Large Munsterlanders and are therefore of interest here. They are, 1. Hip dysplasia, 2. Hereditary cataract

Hip Dysplasia 

Hereditary cataract