According to the Slovene rules and laws we are not allowed to breed in the way that we would produce affected dogs (for recessive trait, like EIC, both genes have to be mutated that the dog has the possibility to get sick, i.e. that he is affected). And even if it would be allowed to breed in the way that we would produce health-problematic dogs, we love our dogs, work with them and find breeding "affected x affected", "affected x carrier", "carrier x carrier" unethical, something like animal abuse (like in the law). So do not expected from us to get a Curly who is like the Labrador on the video.
Affected dogs without symptoms and carriers can be bred (and should be bred to avoid gene pool shrinking) only to clear dogs, no other option. Period.
While clear dogs can be bred to any dog, even untested one.
Probability for each puppy if parents are:
- affected x affected: 100 % affected
- affected x carrier: 50 % affected, 50 % carrier
- affected x clear: 100 % carrier
- carrier x carrier: 25 % affected, 50 % carrier, 25 % clear
- carrier x clear: 50 % carrier, 50 % clear
- clear x clear: 100 % clear
The only Curly in Slovenia with breeding license is Heidi, who is EIC carrier. She was bred to EIC clear male, so the probability for each puppy is 50 % that he/she is carrier or clear. But they are 100 % healthy for EIC, and can work to their max (they can go dogtrekking, can safely swim etc.).
Only through import we can bring into Slovenia affected dogs, while we will produce none. So please stop producing affected dogs, because it is not ethical and not good for the lovely curlies, who statistically have already too big problem with EIC, even if there is a small amount of dogs with symptoms - this is no excuse. And it is not fair to the countries, who try their best to get rid of the problem, to export your "shit" to them, while you import healthy dogs.
For the Labradors in Slovenia the problem is bigger, because the test for EIC came later than the 1st Labradors. So there might be already dogs produced here that are affected. Even worse, they do not have to be tested for EIC, like Curlies have to be to get the breeding license. If they are tested, they get permanent breeding license (if everything else is OK), otherwise they can have one litter. Not a good strategy.
The test costs sth like 40 € - 50 € at EVG - if you need a 15 % discount from old to new clients, just contact us (if EVG will still have that discount then).
Hopefully both mentioned breeds will never get there where Rough Collies are with Collie eye anomaly (CEA): they are breeding "carrier x carrier" to get some clears - majority of the population were still affected few years ago. But they are doing sth, while the Retriever folk in general is not, which is very sad, because especially Curlies do not have wide gene pool to be able to play around without strategy. All Curly breeders would have to have the goal to get rid off the mutation with proper breeding in ~ 5 generations and at the same time not to shrink the gene pool and create new problems.
This year (2016) a good site about genetic health of curlies with all databases has been published.