The Teddy Roosevelt Terriers are a long-lived breed with very few health issues. It is not uncommon for these loving dogs to enjoy a long and happy life to the age of 15 years or older.
Maintaining the high quality health profile that the Teddy Roosevelt Terrier breed is known for is one of our club's highest priorities. The club strongly recommends that TRT breeders conduct OFA tests for patella luxation. OFA cardiac exams are also recommended. Although structural issues in these joints are rare in Teddy Roosevelt Terriers, test results can be registered and made publicly available with the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).
Most importantly, we recommend that all Teddy Roosevelt Terriers be tested for Primary Lens Luxation (PLL). Dogs affected by this genetic eye defect can go painfully blind in their adult years. Puppies from litters where both parents have been tested "clear" of PLL can be considered "Clear by Parentage" and do not normally require additional testing. PLL cannot be detected by veterinary exam, but it is easily tested by a genetic swab-test which can be ordered directly from the OFA.
Regarding Degenerative Myelopathy (DM), UTRTCA is not aware of any TRTs that have been clinically affected or diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy. However, since it is a serious disease that has a genetic test available, we believe that all breeders should be aware of the DM status of their breeding dogs and make that information available to the public.
Please test, or ask for test results, in order to help us keep our breed from being impacted by this devastating but avoidable condition.