Be sure to check the date of the exam to confirm the cardiac and eye exams have not expired (eyes and basic cardiac are good for 12 months from the date of the exam).
Due diligence as a buyer:
What if the breeder says they completed the tests, but did not submit them to OFA? Why didn’t they? Can they provide you with copies of the OFA exam document(s)? Can you verify the information with the vet that performed the test? It comes down to what is important to you. What timeline do you think is ‘right’ for them to be submitted – a month, two, six, etc.?
Be aware of what the results mean. For example, Blaze’s owners submitted PennHip results and Blaze’s hip results show LDI is 0.30 and RDI is 0.38. The breed average for standard poodles is 0.46 and PennHip recommends breeding dogs that are 0.46 or lower.
On the other hand, if a dog’s hips were OFA tested, a dog could be CHIC certified with a result of “FAIR” hips. Most reputable breeders of standard poodles will not breed a dog with “FAIR” results even though it received a CHIC number (this may be different in other breeds due to hip history and the size of the gene pool). The breeder may decide to invest in the PennHip exam after this result, and as long as the PennHip is lower than breed average, choose to breed the dog.
Also, don’t be afraid of dogs that carry a recessive disease gene if you are looking for a pet. Breeders would severely limit the gene pool if they eliminated all dogs that were carriers of a genetic disease marker. If all other qualities of the dog are desirable – temperament, structure/conformation, all other health testing and health history, the dog should be allowed to remain in the breeding pool. However, the dog should only be bred to dogs that are clear for the disease.
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How to locate and read this information is similar for all breeds although the tests required and/or submitted may differ. At Standard Poodles of Forest Lakes, we are happy to answer questions regarding health testing poodles. We desire all puppies get every possible advantage for long and healthy lives, and that starts with education and puppy buyer expectations for better quality breeding programs!