Here are our health files for you to look through. It's so important to have your breeding dogs tested to ensure that they don't pass on anything genetic. We have included certifications for tests we have done. We only keep those with passing scores to continue our lines. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals was established to be able to evaluate and identify if the dog has hip dysplasia or not. OFA measures how deep the hip fits in the socket. They focus on the ball of hip joint, if it's looks healthy or not.
OFA does not just test for hips. They also test and certify Eyes, Elbows, Hearts and Patellas.
Unlike the OFA test, PennHIP requires three radiographs which to measure the hip joint laxity. They measure how tight the hip stays in the socket. They focus on the laxity of the hip socket, not how the joint sits in the sockets.
Pennhip only focuses on Hips. They do not evaluate elbows, hearts, eyes, patellas, so on.
Almost all DNA companies are pretty much the same.
They all test for the most common genetic diseases,, such as Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Von Willebrand Disease, Degenerative Myelopathy, Exercise-Induced Collapse and many more.
We prefer Embark and/or PawPrints Genetics.
Clear means the dog is clear of all diseases tested for.
Carriers tends to have one copy of the disease, usually because one parent is a carrier and the other is clear. One copy will not harm the carrier or its progeny. The gene is inactive as long as it's not paired with another gene. As long as the carrier is mated to a clear gene, it will not cause any problems for the next generation. This is why it's so important to test for genetic diseases, so you can make sure you are breeding the dog to the right mate.
Affected tends to have two copies of the disease, which means it acquired a copy of the disease from EACH parent. This makes the gene active. This means that both parents were Carriers. This means the affected dog will present health problems. This is why two carriers should NOT be bred to each other. Also affected dogs should NOT be bred at all. Its progeny will also have health problems.