The OFA, working with the breed's parent club, recommends the following basic health screening tests for all breeding stock. Dogs meeting these basic health screening requirements will be issued Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) numbers. For CHIC certification, all results do not need to be normal, but they must all be in the public domain so that responsible breeders can make more informed breeding decisions. For potential puppy buyers, CHIC certification is a good indicator the breeder responsibly factors good health into their selection criteria. The breed specific list below represents the basic health screening recommendations. It is not all encompassing. There may be other health screening tests appropriate for this breed. And, there may be other health concerns for which there is no commonly accepted screening protocol available.
- Eye Examination by a boarded ACVO Ophthalmologist (One of the following)
Results registered with OFA
Registered with CERF
- Elbow Dysplasia (One of the following)
- Hip Dysplasia (One of the following)
- Autoimmune thyroiditis
OFA evaluation from an approved laboratory
- Patellar Luxation
- Cardiac Evaluation (Optional)
Advanced Cardiac Exam
Congenital Cardiac Exam
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.