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Hello,

I was wondering if you could tell me what clearances my dog needs in order to be bred. I need to know exactly what to ask for and at what age it can be done. When I spoke to my vet he wants to do his own checks and he thinks that is sufficient. He said you can send out for other tests but that it is rarely done. I would like to breed my Golden once maybe twice but only if she is healthy. I have her paperwork from her parents as well.

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P.S. She will be one in two weeks and is almost done with her first heat. I would never breed her now. I just wanted to add the extra background info.
 

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Thank you for the replies. As I said before I would never breed her this early. Yes, I have full AKC rights. Her breeder is aware I wanted to breed her and gave me the full registration when I bought her. My vet is awesome and I would never change. Like I said in the OP he said I can send away for the tests. I just wanted to know what all to have done. My dog's parents had hips and knees maybe heart. I'd have to get out the paperwork to check what all was done. What tests to have done is different for different breeds of dogs. Some dogs need liver function tests, etc. I was asking for specific for Goldens.


I appreciate your replies. Thank you.
 

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You need to have a board certified veterinary ophthalmologist do CERF eye checks (annually) and a board certified veterinary cardiologist do cardiac clearances. These are not "sent out" - you need to to go to them for testing. You need to do OFA hip and elbow radiographs, which are sent to the OFA in Missourri. Your vet can take the radiographs, but frankly, given the information that he is telling you, I'd be concerned about his knowledge and skills to be able to properly position a dog to get good shots.
My vet said rarely do people do all the tests and that it is up to the individual breeder how much testing they wish to have done. He said he can send out the OFA tests but was talking about the other testing as rarely done. He did want to do the OFA. I think it is true that it is up to the breeder. In a perfect world every dog would have all tests done and only dogs that met standard and were owned by only experienced breeders would be bred. I don't want to get into a debate on whether to breed or not. This is a hot topic and every one has their own opinions. I appreciate information on what tests and how to get them. That is what the original question was.

Thank you for your input.


Edited for clarification.
 

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As was said above, the minimum necessary clearances for a Golden are

OFA elbows, done after age 2. Can be done by your vet but must be sent to OFA (www.offa.org ) to be read.

OFA hips or PennHip, done after age 2. Your vet can probably do the OFA view but PennHip must be done by specially trained and certified vets.

OFA heart, done after 1 year of age. Should be done by a veterinary cardiologist.

CERF eyes, done annually at 1 year of age and thereafter. Must be done by a veterniary opthamologist.

The stud must have these clearances also.

And, as Mary mentioned, it is best to try to ensure that your girl, and the stud dog you chose, are properly structured, as improper structure can lead to structural weaknesses and potential injuries. One way to do this is to have your dog evaluated as part of a CCA (Conformation Certification Assessment) put on by the Golden Retriever Club of America. This is a wonderful, non-competitive way to have your dog evaluated by individuals knowledgeable in the breed.

And, in order to try to produce the healthiest puppies possible, the parents, grandparents and great grandparents of both the stud dog and your girl should have these same clearances.

Thank you for the information. This is exactly what I was looking for and it is very helpful.:)
 

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Just checking back in. I have my dog all scheduled this month to have the big 4 (heart, eyes, hips, and elbows) done. I having done a ton more reading and found a mentor breeder who is going to work with me. I am going to go and watch one of her litters be born in the next month or so. She is going to help me out with all of the newbie stuff. I appreciate the help from those of you that offered. This helps me to learn how to be a good breeder.
 

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Wow. I was saying thank you not asking for a flaming.

My vet is a good vet and is doing the OFA preliminary testing (hips and elbows). When she turns two we will get official clearance. The OFA website says that testing from 13-18 months is 95% accurate. So this will give us an idea of how healthy she is, plus she's my pet and I would like to know.

When my vet said he would send me out for test he was taking about the Heart (OFA) and Eye (CERF). I am going to see board certified Opthamologist and Cardiologist. As far as the statement about how much testing is up to the breeder: He was referring to other available tests (thyroid, patellas, etc.) Go to OFA's website and you will see there are a lot of tests that can be done.

Yes, I have my dogs parents, grandparents, etc. information as well. I have OFA grades for them, heart clearance, CERF clearance, and elbow clearance. I also have their AKC information and there are 52 champions.

The breeder that is mentoring me is a show breeder. She is going to get me hooked up with the clubs and such.

Okay, let the bashing continue...
 

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I said I would have to get out the paperwork to see exactly what they had done. I got out the paperwork, checked AKC, checked OFA. I know what they had done.

I said my vet said he can do tests. He can and is going to do OFA. Never once did I ever say my vet did not recommend doing OFA or CERF. You assumed that.
 
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