- German Hunt Terrier
Primary Lens Luxation (PLL)
This is relatively
a new issue within the breed that has been brought
to our attention by a Mr. Shane Bullard, Oklahoma.
I have received numerous
emails and phone calls from fellow hunters and
dog owners informing me that they know of or have
heard of a puppy from Krol and Ohra who tested
high risk for the PLL disease insinuating that
the dog I used to own "Delaney's Krol"
is possibility a PLL carrier. There seems to be
so much interest in this PLL issue, I have decided
to write a bit of an article that might help clear
up a few things.
PLL was something
that was never heard of within the jagdterrier
or German hunt terrier breed, we all know that
other hunt breeds such as the Drahthaar have been
tested by hunters for quite some time now, but
as I say it was never an issue until it was brought
to our attention,
When I imported my
Jagdterrier bitch "Ohra" from Bulgaria,
PLL was not something that ever crossed the minds
of Jagdterrier owners, breeders and hunters, PLL
was never an issue, the only issue among fellow
hunters was, the Jagdterrier, are they hard and
game enough, do they conform to FCI or UKC breed
standard etc, but nothing about PLL.
I had a litter of
4 pups from Krol and Ohra and sold one to Shane
Bullard, Oklahoma, Shane came down to my place
in person to pick a pup, when he came there was
only the one pup available which I believe he
named him "Scout" he was the smallest
pup in the litter but no question a game one.
was about a 8 months to a year and I received
and email from Shane asking me did I know if Ohra
or Krol was tested for PLL which to my knowledge
non of them were tested and went on to let me
know that his dog Scout tested for PLL and was
informed he is homozygous A/A-at risk carrier.
This came some what as a supprize to me because
to be honest PLL was something I had never dealt
with before in any of my dogs, so it prompted
me to read more into Primary Lens Luxation.
My Imported bitch
"Ohra" died and because of health and
job related issues, I decided to all part with
all my Jagdterriers, Krol was sold to (Buffalo
River Bucks Outfitters, Mississippi) and later
changed hands to (Aaron Shinkle) who to my knowledge
still has Krol.
has been allot of talk about PLL dogs and carriers
of PLL, as I say, I personally never had any of
my dogs tested for PLL but if Shane's dog Scout
tested homozygous A/A-at risk carrier, then it
had to come from somewhere within the line, being
that both Ohra and Krol are related, it's really
had to say where it came from, Ohra's not with
us anymore, it would be up to Aaron to have Krol
tested and see what turns up there.
Krol's defense whether he is tested or not, Scout
tested homozygous A/A-at risk carrier, as long
as Krol is mated to a female that tests a/a the
risk of PLL carrier would be about 7% which is
nothing, on the other hand if he's mated to a
bitch a/A then of course your going to run a greater
risk but in a nutshell, as long as Krol is always
mated to a PLL negative female the risk is only
the PLL has been brought to our attention, I don't
know how true is is but I've heard of 2 imported
dogs that have produced a number of litters and
that has been tested PLL positive.
maybe this is something that we all need to look
into and ask about when buying a pup or bringing
in a new imported dog.