Health Testing and DNA Requirements

5. HEALTH TESTING and DNA REQUIREMENTS

This section outlines the registry requirements for all potential ITR breeding dogs. This required health testing and DNA profiling must be completed for a dog to qualify for breeding and produce offspring that are eligible for Full ITR registration. A litter will not be ITR registered if one or both of the parents have not completed the health testing requirements of this section. It is recommended that ITR breeders send the health test results by email to the ITR Registrar, at registrar@tamaskan-register.com, as soon as possible, prior to breeding, to ensure timely litter registration. 

a) In certain rare circumstances, exceptions to these requirements may be granted with prior approval by the ITR Committee of Breeders (CoB); a detailed explanation will accompany the written request, and specific terms and conditions may apply.

b) Depending on the circumstances, some accidental litters may also qualify for special consideration / approval by the ITR Committee of Breeders (CoB) so that the litter can be registered; a detailed explanation will accompany the written request, and specific terms and conditions may apply.

5.1 Hip and Elbow Certification 

a) An ITR breeding dog must have passing hip and elbow scores, in the form of an official certificate, from one of the following institutions: 

Organization Country Hips Elbows
British Veterinary Association (BVA) United Kingdom 0-18 0
Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) Australia 0-18 0
Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) North America Excellent

Good

Fair

Normal
Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) Europe A – B Normal
Familiaire Gecombineerde Hyperlipidemie (FGH) Netherlands A – B

b) The ITR age requirement for hip and elbow evaluations is over the age of twelve (12) months.

c) Hip and/or elbow certificates to be sent by email to ITR 

5.2 Eye Testing Requirements 

All ITR breeding dogs over the age of twelve (12) months old must have one passing eye exam, conducted by a licensed veterinary ophthalmologist. ITR Breeders, who live in a country where an official canine eye exam scheme (or a similar / equivalent canine eye screening exam) does not yet exist, will need to have the dog’s eyes examined by a licensed veterinary ophthalmologist. The licensed veterinary ophthalmologist must provide a printed and signed/stamped statement or certificate verifying these results, along with your dog’s microchip number and other identifying information. 

a) A passing eye exam score is an official certificate with one of the following ratings:

Organization  Country  Test  Score 
British Veterinary Association (BVA)  United Kingdom  BVA Eye Scheme  Normal 
Australian Veterinary Association (AVA)  Australia  ACES  Normal 
Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)  North America  CAER  Normal 
Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI)  Europe  ECVO  Normal 
licensed veterinary ophthalmologist    ITR Form  Normal 

b) Currently there is only the requirement to have your dog’s eyes tested once after the age of twelve (12) months old. However, Juvenile Cataracts can appear at any age between six (6) months and seven (7) years old. Therefore, it is highly recommended for ITR Breeders (and owners) to have your dog’s eyes tested annually up until the age of 7 years old. Any abnormal results should be reported to the ITR Registrar by email.

c) Eye exam results/certificates to be sent by email to ITR Registrars.

5.3 Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) 

All ITR breeding dogs must have a DNA certificate showing that the dog is DM Clear (has two (2) normal copies of the DM allele) OR DM Carrier (one (1) normal copy and one (1) abnormal DM allele). A dog may also be DM Clear by Parentage: both parents DNA tested Clear (each having two (2) normal copies of the DM allele) in order to qualify for breeding. 

a) DM certificates to be sent by email to ITR Registrars.

b) One parent dog in every mating combination must be DM Clear (has two (2) normal copies of the DM allele) in order to prevent producing offspring that are DM At Risk (having two (2) copies of the abnormal DM allele).

c) In certain rare circumstances, a DM At Risk dog (having two (2) copies of the abnormal DM allele) may qualify for an exception for breeding with prior approval by the TDR Committee of Breeders (CoB); a detailed explanation will accompany the written request, and specific terms and conditions may apply.

 5.4 Certificate of Entirety 

All ITR stud dogs over the age of twelve (12) months old must be examined by a licensed veterinarian to ensure that they have two normal testicles fully descended within the scrotum. The licensed veterinarian must provide a printed and signed/stamped statement or certificate verifying these results, along with your dog’s microchip number and other identifying information. 

a) A breeder or owner will submit their dog’s Certificate of Entirety / signed veterinary statement to an ITR Registrar by email.

5.5 DNA Parentage Testing 

All ITR breeding dogs must be DNA profiled via Neogen GeneSeek, which provides a unique identifying DNA sequence and to confirm parentage.

In certain rare circumstances, if a dog does not have a Neogen GeneSeek DNA profile on file and the owner is no longer able to obtain DNA (for example: due to the death of the dog) the owner will contact the ITR Committee of Breeders (CoB) for a DNA exemption; a detailed explanation will accompany the written request, and specific terms and conditions may apply. 

5.6 DNA Health and Traits Testing

As of January 1, 2020 an ITR breeding dog must have DNA panel testing results submitted to the ITR Registrars, in the form of an official copy, from one of the following institutions: 

a) MyDogDNA/ Optimal Selection™/ Wisdom Health testing*

b) Embark for Breeders

* IF your dog’s parents have collie heritage and are not tested for CEA you must include this test in your MyDogDNA panel. 

Any breeding dog over the age of 6 who has not already had this testing done will be grandfathered in. All dogs who are still breeding and are under the age of 6 will need to submit results by July 1, 2020. 

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