Health Testing

Perhaps the new ‘Guideline’ should go here—but change the name of the tab to reflect the new recommended guidelines. CHIC program should be defined and should not appear to be RECOMMENDED, but the stated health clearances are strongly suggested. Many breeders do health testing suggested, but many do not feel the need to use CHIC. The reasons vary.
the certificate is invalid on at least two clearances that are only good for one year, yet for life—but it does show the tests expired. Breeders/Owners advertise CHIC number, but the certificate. Dogs with CHIC numbers do not always CLEAR the suggested tests and may these diseases. People think dogs with CHIC numbers are Clear and up-to-date. Some pay the extra $15 per clearance, in addition to the $35 OFA fee for Hips, to register once the requirements are fulfilled. In the ten years of supporting the CHIC program 123 breeders/owners have received this certificate/certification.
That’s about a dozen a year. Successful? I would say in recent years we’ve seen less than a dozen a year. I don’t have the time to look up the average yearly numbers at this time.
The committee has discussed RAISING the Mandatory category by adding THYROID testing.
take that action we can make Thyroid a permanent inclusion after age 6. Doing that might make people that want a CHIC number wait so thyroid wouldn’t show ‘expired’ status. I’m waiting for that information and then the committee will discuss this and decide. In view of only 123 participants in a 10+ year program would warrant moving to an elevated goal participation further.
~ Addi

Health issues should always be a top priority and the ECSCA encourages those involved in the breed to take an active role in screening their dogs for these concerns especially prior to breeding.

What tests are required for an English Cocker to receive a CHIC number?


  • Hip Dysplasia – OFA Evaluation, Penn Hip, OVC (Ontario Veterinary College) – PENN Hip & OVC results must be registered with OFA ($25)
  • Optigen prcd-PRA – results registered with OFA
  • Patellar Luxation: OFA Evaluation – results registered with OFA


Puppy undergoing BAER testing

TWO of the following:

  • OFA Thyroid Evaluation – results registered with OFA
  • Optigen Familial Nephropathy – results registered with the OFA
  • BAER Test – results registered with the OFA BAER testing facilities
  • CERF Eye Exam – results are automatically reported to CHIC by CERF when registered with CERF
  • Adult Onset Neuropathy (AN) – results registered with OFA

What Do Those Lab Tests Mean? from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University

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