livestock guardian dogs and puppies for sale with health testing

Andranik, imported from Gyalto. Owner, Darren F, White Rose Farm

OFA CHIC PROGRAM

What is CHIC?

& what health records

CHIC (Canine Health Information Center) Program is a centralized database that works with breed Parent Clubs to provide information for breeders and owners through research and maintaining health testing data. CHIC is sponsored by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA), a non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation.  Read more about CHIC benefits and Program goals.

In 2021, the Armenian Gampr Club of America partnered with CHIC, and designated certain screenings as “required”, and others as “optional” making it easy for Gampr owners all over the world to find out what health issues are prevalent in our breed and which tests are useful.  This partnership allows owners to get CHIC Certified when completing the "required" tests and  the owner is issued a Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) number and certificate.

The CHIC Certification is obtained by completing the tests, then submitting the results to the OFA public database.  The dog does not need to pass all portions of the CHIC testing receive certification but the owner must be willing to share any non-normal results by checking the release box on each testing form submitted. 

Also, the results are not intended to define who is worthy of breeding or not.  Instead, this Program is designed to give Breeders the additional information needed to make informed decisions concerning breeding.  Breeders are welcome to consult with AGCA to understand how their results may or may not impact the breeding status of the Gampr in question, or the gene pool as a whole.

OFA hips, elbows radiographs for approved breeders of armenian gamprs

Andranik, the first CHIC Certified Armenian Gampr, owner Darren F.

View OFA testing results

Get CHIC Certified

required testing

To receive a CHIC number and Certification, there are 3 "Required" tests for the Armenian Gampr, results of which must be submitted to OFA.  There are also 5 tests which are "Optional":

  • Hips - Minimum age 24 months

  • Elbows - Minimum age 24 months

  • Patellar Luxation - Minimum age 24 months

  • Cardiac Evaluation (Optional)
    Advanced Cardiac Exam
    Basic Cardiac Exam

  • Dentition (Optional) 

  • Autoimmune thyroiditis (Optional) 

  • Degenerative Myelopathy (Optional)

  • GM2 GANGLIOSIDOSIS (Optional)

In addition to the above testing, the dog is required to have a permanent ID, such as a microchip.

Thinking of becoming a breeder?

 

How CHIC Certification fits into the AGCA Approved Breeder Program.

Visit the Breed page on the CHIC site or view all Armenian Gampr test results here.