Prelims are great. But they are not clearances. You directly contradict yourself on this issue.Thank you for the inquiry into americangoldenretriever.com.
If you feel we have done wrong by taking it upon ourselves to get preliminary OFA results that is your opinion.
Any breeder who says they NEVER have produced ANY health issue either hasn't actually bred a litter OR doesn't check on their puppies to find the health issues. Do you get clearances on your puppies you produce? How many litters have you had? How many generations of YOUR dogs have all their clearances? How about their littermates?However, we are in fact a small kennel producing sound puppies with no known history of any health issues.
Why would you go through the added expense of doing PennHIP when you haven't done OFA. That makes no sense. Especially since PennHIP certified vets are MUCH more difficult to find than one who can do regular old OFA views. The dog must be anesthetized for PennHIP. PennHIP is becoming the catch all for dogs who cannot get OFA clearances. Since they don't give a rating, and very few pet people know what the PennHIP numbers mean, and there is NO online verification of PennHIP, breeders are using PennHIP when they can't or won't do OFA.Health checks have been completed (Champ) is due to have his Penn Hip done as well and the Cerf clearences are difficult to obtain in our area however, we did locate a Doctor who does them and they to are on calender for this month.
If prelims were clearances they'd give you a number. GRCA doesn't agree with you on this either.Although I prefer not to get into dispute over this I feel my hand is being forced.
I spoke with OFA and yes according t them preliminary reports are still considered health clearences. I did not contradict myself.
OFA rads are graded compared to others of their breed as well. A "fair" in greyhounds may be an "excellent" in bulldogs. OFA and PennHIP are also looking at different things anatomically, one is not more precise than the other. PennHIP also does not diagnose as dysplastic or not, again -- they just give a number. Even severely dysplastic/arthritic dogs will get a PennHIP number.As for why on the PennHIP well to put it in the most simple terms PennHIP takes the breed and compares them verses all dogs like OFA it is a more precise reading regardless of what the average buyer knows. The added expense is not that much and the dogs are under a light anestiha for either tests.
we are simply trying to do the right thing.
As for me being honest with my buyers. Have you spoken with any of them? Or ever even seen one our puppies? You need not reply to that but please consider that you may not be an expert in all the fields.