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DDBSA Health Committee

Committee​ Member
 *Kat Bunteman *


The DDBSA Health Committee is  being reformulated to meet the changing and growing concerns to our breed's welfare, the committee is designed to explore the most pressing areas of concern and formulate recommendations for health testing of breeding dogues.
Please check back often as we add information and recommendations
03-26-14:  The Health Committee has created a Health Sheet for current and potential DDB owners - please click here to read about health concerns specific to the breed
03-03-18:  The Dogue de Bordeaux Society of America, in collaboration with Dr. Joshua A. Stern, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (cardiology) at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, would like to request your assistance in a research study to determine the genetics behind subvalvular aortic stenosis (SAS). Dr. Stern is a board-certified veterinary cardiologist and his laboratory focuses on the identification of genetic variants associated with inherited and acquired heart disease.
To participate in this study, we require dogs to be cardiac phenotyped via echocardiogram by a board certified veterinary cardiologist. We also require submission of 2-3 ml of whole blood, a copy of the DDB pedigree, and completed enrollment form to Dr. Stern’s Comparative Cardiac Genetics Laboratory. If you have questions regarding this study or sample submission please contact
The following are links to documentation relative to the SAS Study:
SAS Study Flyer
Researcher's Letter
SAS New Submission Form

03-02-19:  The Dogue de Bordeaux Society of America, in conjunction with OFA/CHIC  would like to invite all members and non members to participate in the Dogue de Bordeaux Health Survey. It is hoped that this information will be valuable to breed clubs, breeders, and canine enthusiasts as we assess the health issues of our breed.

This Health Survey is the first conducted by the Health Committee of the Dogue de Bordeaux Society of America (DDBSA) . Only by surveying the current state of health in our breed are we able to determine which health issues are significant. It is important that as many Dogue de Bordeaux owners as possible participate in this project. 

This survey will be analyzed and recorded for the RTBCA by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). All information submitted is confidential and numbers are used only in aggregate.  Please use a separate survey form for each Dogue de Bordeaux you have owned, living or deceased. As you complete a survey for each dog, simply restart a new one for the next dog you are reporting. Whenever possible, please use a veterinarian's diagnosis.


Please share this information and link with any Dogue de Bordeaux owner you know.


DDBSA Health, Breeders Education and Longevity Committee

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