Genetic Hereditary Dysfunctions
Golden Retrievers, like all dogs, can suffer from different types of hereditary
dysfunction. Most prevalent is hip (and elbow) dysplasia. Juvenile cataracts
and heart murmurs are also culprits. Autoimmune (thyroid) disease is becoming
more noticeable in the breed as well. Last, but certainly not least, Von Wildebrandt's
Disease (also called hemophilia) seems to pop up in this breed once and a while.
In asking for clearances, I like to see at least hips, eyes and heart. Thyroid
clearances are nice to see as well. I don't know of anyone obtaining clearances
for Von Wildebrandt's, since it's not seen very often.