Pathways to Health in the Mudi Breed
Knowledge, Education, Information and Honesty
1. Recognize and accept that genetic diseases and defects exist in the Mudi breed. Only through open and honest communication and sharing of accurate information can we, the breeders and owners of this rare breed, improve the overall genetic health and significantly reduce the incidence of genetic diseases in the breed we cherish.
2. Promote and advocate education and publicity efforts regarding the incidence of diseases and defects in the Mudi breed and directly participate in research projects to identify the diseases and defects that exist and their rates of occurrence. You need to submit samples from your dogs and the dogs you have bred, as possible and applicable, for the research projects and encourage others to also do the same.
3. Perform all of the recommended health and genetic tests for the Mudi breed with your dogs through properly qualified veterinarians and official health rating associations, before breeding. Record all test results in open health registries and on the Mudi Compass website. (Please see the current recommended list of tests below)
4. Encourage and assist other breeders and owners to test their dogs, use the Mudi Compass open databank and provide assistance to them for doing this when needed. Support those breeders and owners that are open and honest and contribute information to the Mudi Compass databank.
5. Report all diseases, defects and carrier status of your dogs and the dogs you have bred to the Mudi Compass databank. Report all test results, positive or negative. Support the public disclosure of all health issues and test results that affect the Mudi. (Please go to the Other Health Concerns webpage for a complete list of currently known disorders)
6. Send notification to owners of related dogs about diseases and defects that exist in your dogs now and new ones as they occur.
7. Avoid speaking negatively and spreading rumors in public or private about anyone that voluntarily contributes information or has health issues in their dogs and dogs of their breeding.
8. Actively support breeders and owners of affected dogs with compassion and assistance, it can happen to anyone.