health registries can help lower incidence of inherited
disease in a breed for complex multigenic diseases, like hip
dysplasia, as well as for simpler recessive diseases, such as
Musladin-Lueke Syndrome. Registries also can be a valuable
tool in the control of
genetic disease in dogs.
Submitting results, of both affected and unaffected dogs, are
important to determine the incidence of a problem within a
breed. These statistics are of value to researchers and
breeders. Knowing what genetic problems exist in a breed
enables a breeder to make a judicious and educated decision on
future breeding partners. Without this information,
breeders may not know the genetic problems they could be
passing on in their dogs' offspring. They could even be
perpetuating a problem that will plague pet owners with costly
vet bills and perhaps the loss of their companions.
A breeder has a responsibility
to the Breed to improve upon the current problems within the
breed and in their own dogs, not to continue the production of
dogs with the same conformation, health, or temperment
problems currently evident. No puppy should be kept that is
not an improvement upon the parent of the same sex. An old
Bedouin said this many years before the birth of Christ, and
it is still true, today.
Registries differ in the amount of
information they divulge to the public.
only release normal results.
Reasons to Use Registries
• To document disease status
in individual dogs.
• To assist healthy breeding
• To provide historic
• To show incidence of
disease in a breed.
• To provide peer pressure
• To publicly reward those
who value testing.
• To assure buyers of
decreased risk of disease.
• To provide data
locate affected dogs and relatives when researchers need
can't exist without testing. A small percentage of beagle
breeders do health testing and health certifications. From
1974 through 2007, only 662 beagles have been screened for
hip dysplasia. Of those x-rays submitted to OFA 18.6 % were
dysplastic. During this same time period only 78 beagles
have been submitted to OFA for thyroid certification.
Approximately 18% of those submitted did not receive normal
The Health and Genetics
Committee recommends that breeders utilize screening tests
Screening Tests Available and where to get them