The PBGV is generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia and eye disease, but the majority of the PBGVs are healthy dogs. Also, hypothyroidism, glaucoma, retinal folds, persistent pupillary membranes, hip dysplasia, epilepsy, and patellar luxation have been reported but are not common. Be sure to talk to your dog’s breeder about all possible health risks and maintain a close relationship throughout the dog’s life so the breeder can share his or her wealth of experience as your PBGV matures.
PBGVCA recommends that PBGVs receive periodic evaluations by a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist. The one known inherited disorder in PBGVs is primary open angle glaucoma (POAG), for which there is a genetic test. Look here for information on POAG and recommended testing.
You are welcome to contact any member of the Health Committee for information on general and PBGV-specific health issues.