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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 Lapponian Dog 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.

The minimum breeding age is 22 months (both the sire and the dam have to be at least 22 months old at the time of the mating).

Finnish Lapponian Dog

Any Finnish Lapponian Dog 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 Lapponian Dog dog or bitch must be hip scored before its first mating. A hip score of D is allowed to be combined with a score of A only.

The minimum breeding age is 22 months (both the sire and the dam have to be at least 22 months old at the time of the mating).

A Finnish Lapponian Dog dog is allowed to sire a maximum of 20 offsprings before he turns five years old (however, the litter that exceeds the 20 mark will be registered in its entirety). Lifetime maximum number of progeny is 70 (the litter that exceeds the 70 mark will be registered in its entirety).

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