My breeding dogs have many checks before they can enter our breeding program
Hip and elbow x rays which are read and scored by either the German Shepherd Dog Council of Australia Hip Dysplasia (HD) and Elbow Dysplasia (ED) Control Scheme or the CHEDS (Canine Hip and Elbow Dysplasia Scheme) Australia. The dog must pass this scheme to be breed from this is a very important factor in the health of our breed. I Never breed from a fail no matter what.
both schemes are where dogs and bitches are X-Rayed by a Veterinary Surgeon to assess their hips & elbows. They must have a mirochip for identification to ensure it is the correct animal being X-Rayed and their registered Kennel Name and Mirochip Number put on the x-ray plates. These are then sent to an expert radiologyst, in Australia, for reading of the plates and assessment. To pass this scheme, the dog or bitch must display excellent hips and elbows, with no major changes or arthritis. ONLY then will the dog or bitch be given a pass and be approved to go on to Breed Survey and breeding.
The Hips are scored and measured on 9 different areas on each hip, and must score no more than 3 in any one area to pass.
The elbows are measured in mm and scored accordingly, they must have no sign of arthritis and not over a 2mm gap, to pass the scheme. There must also be no sign of UAP (Ununited Anconeal Process) UAP : Not Present. Stamp.
THE LOWER THE SCORE, THE BETTER THE HIPS AND ELBOWS.
Our breeding Stock are also DNA tested up until recantly we have always done a DNA profile and tested for Degenerative Myelopathy. But now we have started using Orivet genetic pet care our breeding shepherds now have a full breed profile done on them this includes:
Includes the following:
- B Locus TYRP1 (Brown/Liver/Chocolate)
- Black Hair Follicular Dysplasia
- Canine DNA Profile
- Canine Hyperuricosuria
- Coat Colour Dilution Alopecia
- D (Dilute) Locus
- Degenerative Myelopathy
- E (Extension) Locus - (Recessive Red/Yellow)
- EM (MC1R) Locus - Melanistic Mask
- Haemophilia A / Factor VIII
- Ivermectin Sensitivity MDR1 (Multi Drug Resistance)
- K Locus (Dominant Black)
- Long Hair Gene (Canine)
- Renal Cystadenocarcinoma and Nodular Dermatofibrosis
- Spotting Locus (W Locus)