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Breed Requirements

Shetland Sheepdog


Hip Dysplasia

  • OFA Evaluation - OR
  • PennHIP Evaluation

Eye Examination by a boarded ACVO Ophthalmologist- Recommend evaluation every year until age 5, every 2 years thereafter until age 9.

  • Results registered with OFA - OR
  • Registered with CERF


  • DMS - DNA based DMS test results registered with the OFA.
  • Elbow - OFA Elbow Dysplasia Evaluation
  • DNA-based vWD test from an approved lab; results registered with the OFA
  • MDR1 - DNA based MDR1 test result registered with the OFA.
  • Thyroid - OFA Thyroid Evaluation from an approved laboratory - Recommend testing at ages 2, 4, and 7.
  • CEA - DNA Based CEA test result registered with the OFA.

Cardiac Evaluation (Optional)

  • Recommend exam by board certified cardiologist, or board certified specialist in internal medicine. - OR
  • Advanced Cardiac Exam

Dentition (Optional)

  • DENTITION DATABASE - dental exam by licensed veterinarian to certify full dentition

Temperament Test (Optional)

  • Temperament Test Society TTS

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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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