BREEDERS COMMENTS

"THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES!" WITH CHIC TESTING,

BUT! THESE STUDIES DO NOT INCLUDE A RAW SPECIES APPROPRIATE DIET!

A RAW DIET HAS BEEN PROVEN TO PREVENT MANY SO CALLED INHERITED DISEASES AS WELL AS REVERSE

AUTO IMMUNE DISEASE IN MANY FORMS. IMMUNIZATIONS HAVE BEEN LINKED TO SOME OF THESE SAME DISEASES,

MINIMAL IMMUNIZATIONS CAN HELP AS WELL AS PREVENT DEVELOPING DISEASE. 

BECAUSE EVEN A CHIC TESTED DOG, TESTING CLEAR IN PHENOTYPIC HEALTH SCREENING, 

CAN DEVELOP THESE DISEASES, FEEDING A RAW SPECIES APPROPRIATE DIET AND LIMITING IMMUNIZATIONS, 

WILL INSURE A HEALTHY DOG,WITH STRONG INSTINCTS,ELIMINATING POTTY TRAINING ISSUES AND UNNECESSARY MARKING, AND A LONG LIFE FREE OF DISEASE.

Coincidentally Genetic diseases became prevelent about the same time as comercial dog food was introduced and widely used.

DIAMOND SHOW POODLES BREEDS HEALTHY STANDARD POODLES NOT EXIBITING ANY KNOWN DISEASE

OR ANY KNOWN DISEASE IN THE LINES FOR GENERATIONS!

DIAMOND SHOW POODLES ARE GENERATIONALLY FED A RAW SPECIES APPROPRIATE DIET,

AND PUPS ARE FED RAW LITERALLY FROM BIRTH.

COMMERCIALLY PRODUCED DOG FOOD CREATES IMMUNE DEFICIENT DOGS AND CATS!

WITH EACH GENERATION BECOMING MORE DEFICENT THAN THE LAST.

PLEASE READ DR. MERCOLA'S ARTICLE

COMMERCIAL DOG FOOD

The Canine Health Information Center, also known as CHIC, is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored

by the AKC/Canine Health Foundation (AKC/CHF) and the *Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).

**CHIC Mission Statement

To provide a source of health information for owners, breeders, and scientists, that will assist in breeding healthy dogs.
Standard Poodle Health Screenings Required for CHIC Designation
(Phenotypic health screening evaluations included only. Std Poodles do have a genetic, DNA test for von Willebrands disease

and responsible breeders have this test run and register those results as well.)

Hip Dysplasia
OFA evaluation
GDC evaluation
OVC evaluation
PennHip evaluation
Eye Clearance
CERF evaluation
Health Elective (One of the following tests)
or Autoimmune thyroiditis OFA evaluation from an approved laboratory
or Sebaceous Adenitis OFA evaluation
Sebaceous Adenitis GDC evaluation

CHIC Goals

To work with parent clubs in the identification of health issues for which a central information system should be established.
To establish and maintain a central health information system in a manner that will support research into canine disease

and provide health information to owners and breeders.
To establish scientifically valid diagnostic criteria for the acceptance of information into the database.
To base the availability of information on individually identified dogs at the consent of the owner.

CHIC Benefits

Once in place and accepted within the dog breeding community, the CHIC program offers benefits to breeders,

buyers, parent clubs, and researchers.
For breeders, CHIC provides a reliable source of information regarding dogs they may use in their breeding programs.

In the future, breeders can begin to analyze the pedigrees of a proposed breeding for health strengths and weaknesses

as well the traditional analysis of conformation, type, and performance strengths and weaknesses.
For buyers, the CHIC program provides accurate information about the results of a breeder's health testing. For diseases

that are limited to phenotypic evaluations, there are no guarantees. However, the probability that an animal will develop

an inherited disease is reduced when its ancestry has been tested normal. Further, as more DNA tests become available

and the results are entered into CHIC, the CHIC database will be able to establish whether progeny will be clear,

carriers, or affected.
For parent clubs considering establishment of health databases on their own, CHIC provides the answer with no upfront

investment required by the club. The CHIC infrastructure is supplied and maintained by the OFA. The data is

maintained in a secure environment by trained staff. The services are not subject to the time, technology, and resource

constraints that parent clubs might face on their own. This frees parent clubs to focus on their core strengths of

identifying health concerns, educating their membership, and encouraging participation in the CHIC program.
For researchers, CHIC provides confidential and accurate aggregate information on multiple generations of dogs.

CHIC information will also be useful for epidemiological studies enhancing our knowledge of health issues affecting

all breeds of dogs.
For everyone interested in canine health issues, CHIC is a tool to monitor disease prevalence and measure progress.

CHIC Policies and Guidelines

The CHIC database is a tool that collects health information on individual animals from multiple sources. This

centralized pool of data is maintained to assist breeders in making more informed breeding choices, and for

scientists in conducting research. In order for data to be included in CHIC, test results must be based on scientifically

valid diagnostic criteria.

Breed Specific

Core to the CHIC philosophy is the realization that each breed has different health concerns. Not all diseases have known

modes of inheritance, nor do all diseases have screening tests. Some screening tests are based on phenotypic evaluation,

others on genetic testing. With all these variables, a key element of CHIC is to customize or tailor the CHIC requirements

to the needs of each breed. These unique requirements are established through input from the parent club prior to the

breed's entry into the CHIC program. Breed specific requirements typically consist of the inherited diseases that are

of the greatest concern and for which some screening test is available. Each parent club also drives specific screening

protocols. As an example, one parent club may allow cardiac exams to be performed by a general practitioner. Another

parent club may require the exam to be performed by a board certified cardiologist. A club may also use the CHIC

program to maintain information on other health issues for anecdotal purposes. Later, as screening tests become available,

the disease may be added to the breed specific requirements.
Identification

Regardless of breed, each dog must be permanently identified in order to have test results included in CHIC.

Permanent identification may be in the form of microchip or tattoo.