Got the blood tests back on my 10 year old male lab. He has a hypo-thyroid condition. Bummer. He is a pup from my last breeding. His dam was diagnosed with the same condition years after we bred her. There was nothing to indicate a problem prior to breeding, and blood tests may or may not have indicated the problem early in her life.
I have always tried to be concientious in breeding dogs, so this was a real kick in the guts to hear this news. Looks like the next thing for him is to be neutered. Thus ends almost 30 years of a line of dogs.
I am passing this on as a reminder that even in the best laid plans things can and to go wrong. As breeders, whether it is a one time event, or a business, we have a tremendous responsibility to do the right thing, not the easy thing. Breeding problems into pups, and passing that problem onto buyers is just wrong.
Looks like I may be in the market for my own "leather belly" in the near future. Keep your eyes and ears open for me. I will be picky.