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Health Clearances

Breeding dogs are held to a high standard, this is because responsible breeders want to contribute to the future of the breed and provide dogs that will live long and healthy lives. Health clearances are a set of breed-specific tests that are put out by the National breed clubs and supported by the OFA, PennHip, AKC, UKC, various genetic testing labs, and more. Below we have complied a list of health clearances for each of the six retriever breeds that must be completed before breeding any dog after the age of two. Some breeders will add to this list as well if they feel their line of dogs, or the breed in general is predisposed to some other health concern. The more health testing the better. It’s important to keep in mind however that while health testing breeding dogs demonstrate the health of the parents, this will not always guarantee a smooth pregnancy, whelping, or healthy puppies. Breeders will constantly monitor their puppies post birth for any health concerns, provide veterinary care, etc. to ensure every pup has the best start, but don’t be afraid to ask your breeder about a pups journey since birth, ask about a pups weight gain intervals, any delays or positive signs in their development, etc.

Golden Retriever

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Annual Eye Exam
  • Cardiac Evaluation

Read more about these at the OFA

Labrador Retriever

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Eye Exam
  • EIC (Exercise Induced Collapse)
  • D Locus (Dilute) DNA Test
  • Centronuclear Myopathy
  • prcd-PRA DNA
  • Cardiac Evaluation

Learn more about these at the OFA

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Eye Exam
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) DNA Test
  • EIC (Exercise Induced Collapse)
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Autoimmune thyroiditis
  • Cardiac Evaluation

Learn more about these at the OFA

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retreiver

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Eye Exam
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) DNA Test

Learn more about these at the OFA

Curly-Coated Retreiver

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Eye Exam
  • GSD IIIa
  • EIC (Exercise Induced Collapse)
  • Cord-1 PRA
  • Cardiac Evaluation

Learn more about these at the OFA

Flat-Coated Retreiver

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • GSD IIIa
  • Patellar Luxation

Learn more about these at the OFA

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