All of my Boykin Spaniels have completed a thorough Health and Genetic Testing Examination and are registered in the OFA Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) .
OFA Mission, “To improve the health and well-being of companion animals through a reduction in the incidence of genetic disease,” reflects the organization’s expansion into other inherited diseases and other companion animals such as cats.
OFA-CHIC Health Testing Requirements
The OFA, working with the breed's parent club, recommends the following basic health screening tests for all breeding stock. Dogs meeting these basic health screening requirements will be issued Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) numbers. For CHIC certification, all results do not need to be normal, but they must all be in the public domain so that responsible breeders can make more informed breeding decisions. For potential puppy buyers, CHIC certification is a good indicator the breeder responsibly factors good health into their selection criteria. The breed specific list below represents the basic health screening recommendations. It is not all encompassing. There may be other health screening tests appropriate for this breed. And, there may be other health concerns for which there is no commonly accepted screening protocol available.
Hip Dysplasia (One of the following)
EIC (Exercise Induced Collapse)
EXERCISE INDUCED COLLAPSE - DNA test through an approved lab (This has been added as a CHIC requirement as of 11/1/15)
Collie Eye Anomaly
CEA DNA based test results from an approved lab registered with the OFA (This test has been added as a CHIC requirement as of 11/1/15)
DM DNA based test from an approved lab (this test has been added as a new required test as of 2/23/18)
Cardiac Evaluation (Optional)
Advanced Cardiac Exam
Congenital Cardiac Exam
Elbow Dysplasia (Optional)
In addition to the breed specific requirements above, a CHIC requirement across all participating breeds is that the dog must be permanently identified via microchip or tattoo in order to qualify for a CHIC number.
CHIC numbers generate automatically once all requirements have been recorded at the OFA. Foreign born dogs must have clearances from their country's equivalent and must meet the age requirements for evaluation. CHIC numbers for foreign born dogs with foreign health screening results may qualify for CHIC, but their numbers will not generate automatically. Results must be manually forwarded to the OFA (fees apply) and CHIC numbers requested after a review.