The Belgian Shepherd Dog (BSD) is a healthy breed of dog, and by taking part in this survey you will assist in ensuring that this continues. This survey will provide a snapshot of the current health status of the BSD within Australia.

You can complete this survey for any BSD that you have ever owned, or are the owner/breeder of. This includes if your BSD is unfortunately now deceased.  Please do not complete this survey for any BSD that you have bred, but have not lived with beyond the first 12 weeks of puppy-hood.

Please note, if your BSD is deceased, it is acceptable to state you are either the 'current owner' or 'former owner' at Question 3. At the end of the survey (Question 38) you will be asked for details about this. 

Any information you provide will be treated with the strictest of confidence. Statistics, analyses and reports generated from this survey will be available, but no dog will be identifiable; minimal dog identification data is being collected to prevent duplicate surveys about the same dog for the researchers use only. Health reports will be made available to owners and breeders of the BSD, and to Australian BSD breed clubs to assist in the development of breed health strategies and plans.

This health survey was funded by the Belgian Shepherd Dog Club of Queensland through the BSDCQ Grant 2019-2020.

CONSENT: * By completing this survey you agree to the data you supply being used anonymously to develop reports on the health status of the BSD in Australia. 


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* 1. Please create a code for your BSD: This is for the researchers use only, and is to help to avoid duplication of  health data - it will not be used as part of any reports.
Please create a code using the first and last letters of your BSD's call name, and the last two numbers of the year of it's birth. For example, Reba born in 2015 will be 'RA15'.
Please insert this code into the comment box below.

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* 2. Is your BSD registered as a pure bred dog?

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* 3. Please advise your dog's breeder (if this is not you) that you are completing this survey to avoid duplication.
Are you the dogs:

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* 4. What variety is your BSD?

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* 5. Sex of your BSD?

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* 6. Is your BSD de-sexed?

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* 7. How old is your BSD in years and months (or please provide your BSD's year of birth)?

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* 8. GENERAL HEALTH. Has your BSD suffered any ailments in the past 12 months that have resulted in a vet visit?

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* 9. Has your BSD ever had an adverse reaction to any form of medication or treatment (for example, preventative medication or anaesthetics)?

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* 10. ALLERGIES: Has your BSD ever been diagnosed with an allergy disorder by a veterinarian?

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* 11. SKIN: Has your BSD suffered from any skin disorders (for example, allergy related (eg  seasonal, food), autoimmune, lick granuloma, demodectic mange)?

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* 12. MUSCULOSKELETAL a) Has your dog ever suffered from a serious or persistent condition affecting the bones, muscles or joints (including the jaws)?
Please tick all relevant.

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* 13. If your dog has been x-rayed for hip and elbow dysplasia, please provide the details of the scheme, score and grade. Please state N/A if your dog has not been x-rayed.

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* 14. EYES: Has your BSD ever suffered from a serious or persistent eye condition?

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* 15. If your dog has been examined under the AVA-ANKC Eye Scheme, what was the outcome?

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* 16. HEARING: Has your BSD ever experienced any hearing disorders (for example, deafness in one or both ears, chronic ear infections)?

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* 17. NERVOUS SYSTEM: Has your BSD ever suffered from a serious or persistent nervous system condition (for example, seizures, vestibular syndrome, degenerative myelopathy)?
If your dog has had seizures, please provide the age of the first observed seizure, the approximate number of seizures observed and/or frequency (eg one every two months) and if medication has been prescribed by your vet.

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* 18. DIGESTIVE SYSTEM: Has your BSD ever suffered from a serious or persistent gastrointestinal disorder (including the mouth and teeth, for example, gastritis, reflux, malabsorption)?

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* 19. LIVER: Has your BSD ever been diagnosed with a liver disorder?

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* 20. KIDNEY/URINARY: Has your BSD ever been diagnosed with a kidney or urinary tract disorder (for example, infections, chronic renal disease, kidney stones)?

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* 21. HORMONAL (ENDOCRINE): Has your BSD ever been diagnosed with a hormonal (endocrine) condition (for example, thyroid, diabetes, Cushings syndrome or Addison’s disease)?

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* 22. CANCER:Has your BSD ever been diagnosed with any type of cancer (for example, stomach, haemangiosarcoma, osteosarcoma, mammary)?

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* 23. BLOOD/LYMPHATIC DISORDERS: Has your BSD ever been diagnosed with a blood or lymphatic disorder (for example, leukaemia, anaemia, a platelet abnormality)?

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* 24. CARDIOVASCULAR: 

Has your BSD ever suffered from a serious or persistent cardiac condition (for example, heart murmur, degenerative valve disease, cardiomyopathy)?

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* 25. If your BSD has completed health screening by a specialised veterinary cardiologist for evidence of cardiac disease, please provide the outcome here. Please state N/A if your dog has not been screened.

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* 26. RESPIRATORY: Has your BSD ever been diagnosed with any respiratory disorder (for example, pneumonia, laryngeal paralysis)?

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* 27. Was your BSD diagnosed by a veterinarian as suffering from a neonatal defect (for example, a cleft palate, an umbilical hernia)?

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* 28. Has your BSD ever been used for breeding purposes (as a sire or dam)?
If yes, please detail how many puppies your BSD produced with each litter?
If no, please state N/A.

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* 29. REPRODUCTION (FEMALE) Has your BSD ever suffered from any disorder of the reproductive system (for example, mastitis, false pregnancy, pyometra)?

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* 30. REPRODUCTION (MALE): Has your BSD ever suffered from any disorder of the reproductive system (for example, undescended testicles, prostate problems, sterility)?
* Please describe undescended testicles as monorchid (only one testicle present in the scrotal sac) or cryptorchid (neither testicle present in the scrotal sac)

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* 31. TEETH: Does your BSD have all it's teeth?

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* 32. BITE: Which of the following best describes your BSD's bite?

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* 33. GENETIC ANALYSIS DNA PROFILE: Has your BSD been DNA health tested?

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* 34. Has your BSD completed any other health test in it's lifetime not previously described?

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* 35. OTHER:  Has your BSD been treated for any other health problems in its lifetime (These might be hereditary, congenital, or acquired)?

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* 36. TEMPERAMENT: Please describe in your own words your BSD's temperament

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* 37. Has your BSD ever exhibited any of the following?

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* 38. If your dog is deceased (or has been euthanised) please describe the age and cause of death (or reason for euthanasia). Otherwise please state N/A.

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