Picking a breeder
Does your breeder test their animals for these specific health criteria? They should. If not, they are not breeding for HEALTH as a priority. Be wise puppy buyers. Demand to see the results. By simply asking for the parents registered names you can search the OFA database to see for yourself.
Health testing is neither convenient nor inexpensive. It is, however, essential to the future of the breed. It is the one thing that should absolutely be done before deciding to breed your vizslas.
Health Testing Recommendations
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
OFA evaluation from an approved laboratory - It is recommended that the test be repeated annually up to 8 years of age.
Hip Dysplasia (Optional)
PennHIP Evaluation - Information from the VCA: click here
Cardiac Evaluation (Optional)
Congenital Cardiac Exam - Specialist or Cardiologist exam is recommended and preferred.
Advanced Cardiac Exam
Elbow Dysplasia (Optional)
Sebaceous Adenitis (Optional)
Sebaceous Adenitis - OFA evaluation by an approved dermapathologist
von Willebrand's Disease (Optional)
Cornell Blood Assay
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.
Written by Debbie Sullivan, Regal Point Vizsla
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