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WHAT IS PEVISA?

PEVISA is Finnish and short for "perinnöllisten vikojen ja sairauksien vastustamisohjelma", which translates as "programme against hereditary defects and diseases". The PEVISA regulations vary from breed to breed and not all breeds existing in Finland have a PEVISA programme.

Any health checks required in the programme must be carried out before the mating takes place; otherwise the Finnish Kennel Club will not register the litter in question (there are some exceptions to this rule, however, a dispensation is difficult to obtain and the application must be well founded). The regulations are revised every few years, if necessary. In a nutshell, the current PEVISA regulations for the Lapponian Herder and Finnish Lapphund are as follows (the Swedish Lapphund does not have a PEVISA programme):

Lapponian Herder

Any Lapponian Herder dog or bitch must be eye tested by an authorised ophthalmologist before registering its third litter (ie. two litters can be registered without a valid eye certificate). The eye certificate is valid for two years.

Finnish Lapphund

Any Finnish Lapphund dog or bitch must be eye tested by an authorised ophthalmologist before its first mating. The eye certificate is valid for two years.

Any Finnish Lapphund dog or bitch must be hip scored before its first mating.

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