Health and Genetic Testing
"Standard Poodle eyes have the power to speak a great language." -Martin Buber
Just like any dog breed, the Poodle is subject to various genetic disorders. For diseases that are limited to phenotypic evaluations, there are no guarantees. However, the probability that an animal will develop an inherited disease is reduced when its ancestry has been tested normal. We believe very strongly in full health screening using the latest testing methods.
- OFA certification of hips
- CERF eye exam
- sebacious adenitis test
- thyroid panel.
The Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) breed requirements for the Standard Poodle include:
- hip dysplasia
- eye clearance
- one health elective of either thyroid, sebaceous adenitis, or cardiac evaluation.
When searching for a reputable breeder and puppy, we recommend verifying testing results of the parents through CHIC, OFA, and CERF. These are the leading orthopedic and genetic certification organizations. They track the health history to assist in breeding healthy dogs. Responsible breeders have an inherent responsibility to breed healthy dogs.
The Canine Health Information Center is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored by the AKC/Canine Health Foundation (AKC/CHF) and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). CHIC's mission is to provide a source of health information for owners, breeders, and scientists, which will assist in breeding healthy dogs. As a potential puppy buyer, the CHIC program provides accurate information about the results of a breeder's health testing. Core to the CHIC philosophy is the realization that each breed has different health concerns. Breed specific requirements typically consist of the inherited diseases that are of the greatest concern and for which some screening test is available. CHIC breed requirements for the Standard Poodle include hip dysplasia, eye clearance, and one health elective of either thyroid, sebaceous adenitis, or cardiac evaluation.
Founded in 1966, the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals is a non-profit organization that collates and disseminates information concerning orthopedic and genetic disease of animals. The OFA's mission is to improve the health and well being of companion animals through a reduction in the incidence of genetic disease.
Canine Eye Registration Foundation is a centralized, national registry of dogs certified free of heritable eye disease by members of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. CERF's mission is to eliminate heritable eye disease in purebred dogs through registration and research.