The GSPCA encourages our members to participate in the CHIC program.  The Canine Health Information Center, also known as CHIC, is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored by the AKC/Canine Health Foundation (AKC/CHF) and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).   

Effective May 1, 2014 the required tests are:

Cardiac:  Exam (auscultation or echo) by a Board Certified Cardiologist at the Minimum age of 24 months, with results posted to the OFA site. The age of 24 months is a change to this requirement.  In addition, the exam must now be performed only by a board certified cardiologist. Detailed Criteria (GSPCA Article) MORE from OFA

Hip Dysplasia: OFA Evaluation at Minimum age of 24 months or PennHIP. MORE

Elbow Dysplasia: OFA Evaluation at Minimum age of 24 months.  This is a new requirement based on the rising incidence of elbow dysplasia in all sporting breeds including GSPs.  Previously elbow dysplasia had been an optional test. Elbow Dysplasia is a crippling hereditary disease. MORE

Eye Exam:  Eye examination by a Board Certified ACVO Ophthalmologist annually until Age 6.  Results registered with OFA.  There is no recommended age to start as long as the eyes are open. MORE

Cone Degeneration: Optigen test results registered with the OFA.  Only one subsequent generation of two CD tested dogs may be cleared by parentage.  The following generation will have to be tested. MORE

Optional Tests:

Autoimmune thyroiditis:  Evaluation by an OFA approved laboratory with results posted to the OFA site.  It is recommended that the test be repeated every two years. MORE

Von Willebrands Disease: Clearance using the vWD Type 2 genetic test from an OFA approved lab. (Genetic Test) Results to be posted to the OFA site.

A special note about Lupoid Dermatosis (LD).  In June 2013 the GSPCA Board of Directors reviewed information from a retest of dogs previously tested for LD by cheek swab.  Because some of the different results obtained from the blood sample retest have not been explained and because the results of the LD research have not been published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, the Board has taken a neutral position on this test at this time.  Breeders need to consult with PennGen at the University of Pennsylvania to determine the usefulness of this test for their breeding programs.  (Please see the Members Section of the GSPCA web site for more information.)

*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.

View current CHIC rated GSPs

Health & Welfare Committee

Karen Nauer, Chair
Shelley Schwerdt, Assistant Chair
Leita Estes
Bunita Eichelberger, DVM
Belinda Venner
Tiffany Cessna
Hillary Roy
Tracy Duff
Becky Feigh, BOD Liaison

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