Testing 1-2-3

November 1, 2008

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.

  1. Traci says:

    Good on you Penni! I am also a firm believer of doing as many tests as you can so you know what you’re working with when breeding time comes around…. thus the OFA *&* Pennhip for Sedona. I’m curious if Chase will come back with the ee gene…. keep us posted! 🙂 Keeping fingers crossed!

  2. Laura says:

    Right on, Penni. It also give you peace of mind as well.