Parent Health Clearances
|All of our breeding dogs have
had their health clearances done prior to breeding.
|The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals is
currently the main genetic
testing / clearance organization in the United States. They
have a ton
of information on their web site about what they do and why.
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In regards to the Malinois, they currently evaluate hips, elbows, patellas, eyes, cardiac, and thyroid. The American Belgian Malinois Club (parent AKC breed club) currently requires that all dogs being bred have hips (fair or above), elbows (normal or unilateral DJD1) and eyes (clear) checked.
All of these clearances can be checked online at the OFA web site, as they have an online open database.
|From the CHIC web site:
"The Canine Health Information Center, also known as CHIC, is a centralized canine health database sponsored by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)."
All dogs that have met breed club health clearance requirements are registered in the CHIC database.
Again there is lots of good information on their web site.
CERF (now OFA CAER)
|The Canine Eye Registry Foundation, or CERF is
now housed under
OFA. They no longer publish abnormal results unless the
signed for release. On some OFA records you will see a dog
that has a
CERF result, and then an OFA - EYE result. This is because
the dog was
registered under CERF before the database was transferred to
both results are posted.
In reference to the Malinois, they tend to have issues with cataracts, and with late onset PRA (progressive retinal atrophy). Unfortunately with late onset PRA, many dogs have been bred long before the issue shows up. While our dogs retire from breeding before this, we have all of our breeding dogs eyes checked at 10 - 12 years old, to make certain we have not had something come up.
is a radiographic method of determining a joint laxity score
in a hip
joint. There is NO grade in a PennHIPP result like there is
(fair, good, excellent) The PennHIP result only reports a
index, and both hips are scored individually. You cannot get
or "excellent" result for PennHIP, because there is no such
breed has a particular range of distracion index that is
acceptable. So in the results, it will state a % score for
that dog in
comparison to other dogs in that breed. This is called a
Ranking. The lower the number the better.
PennHIP is currently a closed database, and results are not publicly available. The only way to know if a dog has been checked via PennHIP is to see the certificate from the breeder, or they post them for verification.