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Genetic Health

Overall, Min Pins seem to be a fairly long-lived and healthy breed. With any luck, a Pin should live into its teens. There are some health issues that owners should be aware of however.

Legg-Calve-Perthes (LCP) is a disease of malformation of the hip joint seen mostly in Toy breeds, ages 4 months and up. You can find more information and testing procedures for LCP on the OFA website.

Patellar Luxation is when the knee cap slips easily out of place. Another disease mostly seen in toy breeds, information about Patellar Luxation is also on the OFA website.

MIn Pins should also be CERFd against eye disease. Checking hips and elbows for dysplasia is never a bad idea (yep, you guessed it, the OFA website again).

Finally, Min Pins are susceptible to MPS VI, one of a group of lysosomal storage disorders. More information about MPS VI can be found on the PennGen site. The University of Pennsylvania is now doing a study on a possible correlation between MPS VI and Legg-Calve-Perthes in Miniature Pinschers. Study information can be found in the Research section of the PennGen site.

A great free software program out of the UK is the Canine Genetics Predictor. It can predict coat color *and* incidence of inherited disease if you know the parameters of the sire and dam. Check it out!


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