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Clearences food for thought
A little on and a little off topic. Yes, when a anyone posts a do you know anything about this breeder, it can get invasive for that breeder. If they have a public website, that information is scrutinized. This is the public "face" of the breeder and should be carefully crafted to put your best foot forward and to share what you as a breeder are all about. Is every breeder a techie or equally talented at self promotion? No.
So, when I post to these threads I do additional research on clearences. If the breeder is in the US, I expect them to follow the GRCA COE, especially when they claim membership or link to the GRCA on there site. That would include submitting the records to CERF or OFA.
But, beyond the GRCA COE, it is my hope (I maybe a dreamer, but I'm not the only one) that all breeders love the breed and are doing the best they can with their knowledge to better it. If this is the case, please submitt the records. It really is very in expensive. Here are some thing you may have not thought about....
If you like to hold on to your records and don't submitt them to OFA, what happens if God forbid your house catches fire and destroys your paper records/computer records?
What do breeders in future do if a prolific breeder of great dogs dies and a grieving spouse gets rid of all the well documented tests?
Your tests are so important not only to you but to the future of this breed. Imagine if you have a fantastic dog that you can not prove clearences in his pedigree because of one of these losses. Will he be used by conscientious breeders? Or will they look to a different dog that has proven/recorded clearence for 5-6 generation?
What will puppy buyers and the general public think when most dogs have clearances verifiable online and you do not? Whether right or wrong it raises questions and you might never have the opportunity to address them because people will just move on.
So, to every breeder out there who currently does not send in there records, please do. I will thank you, puppy buyers will thank you and the breeders of the future will thank you.