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Breed Requirements



Hip Dysplasia (min age 24 months for all tests)

  • Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) - OR
  • OFA Evaluation - OR
  • OVC Evaluation - OR
  • PennHIP Evaluation (min age 24 months)

Eye Examination by a boarded ACVO Ophthalmologist at least once between six (6) months and eight (8) years

  • Results registered with OFA - OR
  • Registered with CERF

Stationary Night Blindness

  • Stationary Night Blindness
    US-owned dogs: by Optigen only as of March 13, 2001;
    Foreign-owned dogs: from any lab;
    dogs tested by any US lab prior to March 13, 2001; and
    dogs having two parents tested clear. Both parents and the offspring in question must have a DNA profile on record with AKC."

Autoimmune thyroiditis (Optional)

  • OFA evaluation from an approved laboratory Tests must include FT4D, cTSH, and TgAA

Elbow Dysplasia (Optional)

  • OFA Evaluation - OR
  • OVC Evaluation

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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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