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Right now in 2017 GRCA requires hips, elbows, eyes and heart. In years past not all were required. Elbows I think were the last thing added. Many breeders, especially field type, add a lot of genetic testing. The show breeders are starting to get on board with genetic testing. There is no requirement that genetic testing be done, and it's impossible once a dog is dead.
There is no requirement that a dog's cause of death be listed. And often there is no way to know exactly what the dog died of.
For information on a dog, I would look sideways, not just at parents and grandparents. Look at siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles. Often there are many great dogs in a pedigree at first glance that shows no titles. Sometimes with a little work, you'll find wonderful aunts and uncles or great siblings in a pedigree.
Best thing is ask the breeder of the sire and dam, not just the puppy's breeder.
~ Stacey with Lucy and Riot, missing Hunter, Reilly, Tiger and Pennie
Wiseman Wildfire Grayling Fish On CD RA JH SHU WC "Lucy"
Thistle Rock Kicking Up a Fuss CD RA WCX ** "Riot"