Legg Calve Perthes Disease in Havanese born in Canada between 2006-2017

Havanese Health Issues - Legg Calve Perthes Disease

Buyhavanese is seeking information about any Havanese born in Canada between 2006-2017 diagnosed with Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease.

To date we are aware of 6 historic (past 10 years - pre-2012) and 5 more recent (past 5 years - 2012-2015) cases. The pedigrees of the 5 most recent cases are included in a European Database of Genetic Diseases of the Havanese.

Please contact buyhavanese.com if your Canadian born Havanese has a vet/radiologist report confirming LCPD and your Havanese underwent an FHO (Femoral Hip Operation) to rectify the problem between 2006-2017.

Studies regarding the genetic mode of inheritance of Legg Calve Perthes Disease in Westies, Poodles, Min Pins and Yorkies have already been completed or are ongoing at Research Universities like Clemson. This information could be invaluable in tracking LCPD in the Havanese.

Havanese Health Issues - Havanese Club of America


The Havanese breed is relatively healthy, but there are several inherited health issues new owners should know about. They are listed below in alphabetical order.


Cherry Eye



Hip Dysplasia

Legg Perthes (or Legg-Calve-Perthes)

Liver Shunt

Patellar Luxation (slipped kneecaps)


"Legg-Calve-Perthes (LCP) is another disease of the hip joints in small dog breeds. It occurs when the ball portion of the hip is damaged due to lack of blood supply. Symptoms usually appear between 5-12 months of age and involve limping, pain, and eventually arthritis. LCP can usually be confirmed with X-rays. Treatment of this condition varies according to the severity of the signs seen. Atrophy of the muscles of the affected leg is not uncommon. If atrophy is severe it can slow the recovery period considerably and may make medical therapy less likely to work. It is typically treated surgically by removing the head of the femur and letting the muscles form a "false joint." Dogs usually recuperate well from surgery. The reasons LCP occurs are not clear, however, it is assumed there may be a genetic component to the problem. Visit the Canine Inherited Disorders Database website for more information. The OFA has recently started a database for LCP."

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