Health Testing

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Framework for Chihuhaua Health Testing at Adrahil Show Dogs.


Health testing is something that is encouraged within the breed overseas, but not utilised or well understood here in Australia. Importing my boys from America and Canada, who are health tested for their eyes, heart and patellas has led me to consider what is in place here in Australia to follow on with health testing.

At Adrahil Show Dogs, we are working through the development of a structured Framework for Chihauhua Health Testing which mirrrors that of the Canine Health Information Centre (CHIC) program established in the US. The three assessments that have been identified as breed specific for chihauhaus under the CHIC framework are eye, heart and patella grading. As an addition, there is emerging benefit from having dogs DNA Testes for screenable genetic diseases along with genetic traits.

The links in the subpages for Health Testing will supply information on the conduct of the tests, the validity of results and the benefits for health testing.


Contact Details

Rick Carter
Goulburn & Ingleburn, NSW, Australia
Phone : +61415715313
Email : [email protected]