The Bedlington Terrier Club of America recommend the following genetic screening tests.
- DNA test for Copper Toxicosis
- CERF exam within the past year - This is an eye test performed by a certified veterinary opthalmologist which covers all congenital and non-congenital eye diseases.
- OFFA patellar luxation evaluation after one year of age - veterinarian
The latest report to come from the Bedlington Terrier Health Group in the UK suggest that there is growing evidence that another gene is involved in Copper Toxicosis and that further research is necessary.
The latest news is that the gene has been identified so hopefully it won't be too long before we have a definitive test.
The veterinarian that I use recommends not to neuter before 18 months to ensure correct muscular and skeletal development. Sometimes new owners decide, for various reasons, that they can't wait this long but I strongly suggest leaving it as long as possible.