Since some (astute) people have suggested they might like to breed one of their girls to Chase, I had to get in gear and work on health clearances. It’s always been my policy to discover any possible genetic problems so they can be taken into consideration when doing a breeding. Genetic research has come a long way since the 70’s when I last bred any dogs. So many more markers have been identified. Poor little Chase — I’ve been subjecting him to major research.
Hip x-rays (PennHip and preliminary OFA) and elbow x-ray (preliminary OFA), the coat length gene (fluff), the ee gene (color), PRA (eyes), DM (Degenerative Myelopathy), Cardiac check, Thyroid panel, patella soundness . . . the only check we have left to accomplish is CERF (another eye test). What good does all this do? It ensures that if Chase becomes a dad, he’ll be contributing soundness and good health to his offspring. Whether they are hot shot show dogs or dearly loved couch potatoes, I think it’s pretty important.