Health issues common with Rottweilers and other testing requirements

Information regarding health and testing, with links and forms below 

Hips and Elbows

Rottweilers are one of the breeds that are affected by hips and elbows dysplasia. Testing is available, such as; X-rays and scoring. The lower the score the less chance there is of HD/ED being present or developing.

HD/Hip Score = Hip Dysplasia This disease is found in many breeds, that results in a degenerative hip joint or joints. 

ED/Elbows = Elbow Dysplasia This disease is found in many breeds, that results in a degenerative elbow joint or joints.

Click here for the Application for Hip and Elbow Dysplasia Form

List of Accredited Readers 

Click here for more information about Hip and Elbow Dysplasia 


Juvenile Laryngeal Paralysis & Polyneuropathy (JLPP) is a genetic disease that affects the nerves that supply the muscles of the larynx, leading to muscle weakness and paralysis throughout the spine and body. This disease has been discovered in Rottweilers. Swabs and testing is available. 

Polyneuropathy: poly- (many), Neuro- (nerves), -Pathy (a disease).

Juvenile Laryngeal Paralysis & Polyneuropathy (JLPP) is inherited as autosomal recessive trait. The test enables breeders to identify their dogs as Clear (N/N), Carriers (N/JLPP), or Affected (JLPP/JLPP), and this helps breeders to avoid having affected puppies while maintaining the diversity of the gene pool.

Effective from 1/01/23 ALL Rottweilers be tested for JUVENILE LARYNGEAL
PARALYSIS POLYNEUROPATHY (JLPP) prior to being mated and only Clear to
Clear or Clear to Carrier be permitted. The exception to this is Frozen Semen
whereby a sample can be taken from left over semen when a bitch is
inseminated and then sent off for testing; in these cases, the bitch must be a
Clear on the chance the sire may be a Carrier. Certificate to be provided by
the Laboratory carrying out testing eg: Laboklin, OFA, Orivet. Samples must
be taken by a Vet or a Certified Collector