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The Dude’s a CHIC

April 5, 2011

Ch Mariels Flying Spirit, RN

Well he will be once all the test results get turned in to OFA. 

What is CHIC?  This is from their website:

The Canine Health Information Center, also known as CHIC, is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored by the AKC/Canine Health Foundation (AKC/CHF) and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). The CHIC, working with participating parent clubs, provides a resource for breeders and owners of purebred dogs to research and maintain information on the health issues prevalent in specific breeds.  For more info please visit their website

For the Cardigan Welsh Corgi the the Parent club requires for a CHIC number are:

 Hip Dysplasia

  • OFA Evaluation – OR
  • OVC Evaluation – OR
  • PennHIP Evaluation

Eye Clearance

  • CERF Evaluation

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) DNA Test

PJ, has been CERF’d several times but we will send an updated CERF next week.   He is cleared thru his pedigree for PRA but I went ahead and submitted DNA for a DNA clearance.  He is OFA Good for Hips and that information has been on file with OFA since he was 2 years old. 

You may ask, If you have all the information already, why test for more?   Part of being a responsible breeder is being open with your testing and letting puppy buyers and other breeders know what you are doing.  Will I do CHIC numbers for all my dogs?  No, will I test them? Yes and I’ll be happy to share results.  Health tests are one of the many tools in a responsible breeders tool box.  Will a dog with great health checks be bred?  Maybe, Maybe not unless the rest of dog goes along with the checks.  Will a dog with lesser heath scores be bred? Maybe if the attributes of that dog will make a better Cardigan. 

Breeding is an Art and a Science, health checks is part fo the science.

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