The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) created the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC), an open and fully searchable registry, by partnering with participating parent clubs to research and maintain information on the health issues prevalent in specific breeds. A recommended protocol has been established for breed-specific health screenings. Dogs tested and registered in accordance with that protocol are recognized with a CHIC number and certification.
The STCA has established a list of testing requirements and elective tests for submission of a Scottie into the CHIC Registry. To see the currently recommended screenings for Scotties, go to the following link at the OFA site: https://www.ofa.org/recommended-tests?breed=ST
The STCA publishes the names of all STCA member Scotties that achieve their CHIC status in The Bagpiper on a quarterly basis. Also, many Scotties with CHIC certification are indicated as such on the STCA pedigree database, where the CHIC number is an active link that will take you directly to that individual dog’s CHIC page.
You can easily search for any Scottie that has been tested and that has achieved its certification on the CHIC website. You can use registered name, AKC number or kennel name as your search parameters: http://www.caninehealthinfo.org/
For more information, go to the following article about the CHIC Registry.
For further questions about CHIC and information on the HTF’s sale of DNA tests at National Specialties, contact the STCA’s CHIC Liaison, Helen Prince at email@example.com.