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Breed Requirements



Hip Dysplasia

  • OFA Evaluation - OR
  • PennHIP Evaluation

Cardiac Evaluation

  • Congenital Cardiac Exam by board certified cardiologist, exam must include an ECHO - OR
  • Advanced Cardiac Exam - exam must include an ECHO.

Eye Examination by a boarded ACVO Ophthalmologist- yearly beginning at age 2 and continuing until age 8

  • Results registered with OFA - OR
  • Registered with CERF

Elbow Dysplasia (Optional)

  • OFA Evaluation

von Willebrand's Disease (Optional)

  • DNA-based vWD test from an approved lab; results registered with the OFA

Autoimmune thyroiditis (Optional)

  • OFA evaluation from an approved laboratory each year until 5, thereafter every 2 years

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*Note – In addition to the breed specific requirements above, a CHIC requirement across all participating breeds is that the dog must be permanently identified via microchip or tattoo in order to qualify for a CHIC number.

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