PEVISA - a programme to oppose hereditary illnesses in the breed

In Finland, Lancashire heels are part of the Finnish Kennel Club's PEVISA program (a program to oppose hereditary diseases of the breed). It means that in order a litter to be registered the parents of the puppies need to fill following conditions.

At the time of maiting, the parents must have:

  1. A valid, official patella examination certificate. The dog/bitch must be over 12 months old at the time of examination. If the dog in question is under three years old, the examination is valid for two years from the examination date. An examination conducted to an over three-year old dog/bitch is valid for the rest of their life.
  2. A valid, official eye-examination certificate. An eye-examination is valid for 12 months and it must be valid at the time of mating. The eye diagnosis that prohibit the use of a dog/bitch for breeding are:
  • Lens Luxation
  • Lens Luxation, suspicious
  • PRA (Progressive Retinal Athropy)
  • PHTVL/PHPV (persistent hyperplastic tunica vasculosa lentis/persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous) stages 2-6
  • Hereditary Cataracts (diagnosis “other unimportant cataracts” does not exclude the dog from breeding)
  • CEA/coloboma, CEA/Ablation (CEA=Collie Eye Anomaly)
  • GRD (geographical retinal dysplasia) and TRD (total retinal dysplasia)

At the time of breeding the dog/bitch may have up to 20 offspring in Finland. The last allowed litter can be registered even if it takes the count over 20.

A dog can be taken into the breed via official examination according to the chapter 11.2 of Finnish Kennel Club registration rules.