In January 2006, the STCA Board made history by voting to establish a Scottish Terrier Registry with the Canine Health Information Center, better known as CHIC. The STCA became the 5th Terrier club and joined 70 other AKC Breed Clubs that have embraced CHIC as their registry of choice. This section will explain the importance of registries and show you how the health of our breed can be improved by including your Scottie in a registry.
This Introduction to Registries includes the Action Statement that was approved by the STCA Board.
The second page offers details on criteria for getting a Scottie into CHIC.
The third page lists the Scotties that have been accepted by CHIC. This page includes a link to the STCA Pedigree Search site for each Scottie.
The final document is a list of references.
This is a huge step for our breed, and one that underscores the determination of our breeders and owners to do the right thing concerning health for Scottish Terrier present and future.
STCA Action Statement
Scottish Terrier breeders and pet owners are urged to enroll their Scotties in health registries and health databases to help control and prevent disease. STCA promotes registration of clear, carrier and affected status in qualifying health registries maintained by Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC). STCA also encourages participation in health databases that may be established by the national club itself and maintained on this Website.
Accepted April, 2006, by STCA Board of Directors
How will a Registry benefit all Scottish Terriers and their owners?
By providing a centralized, independently managed repository for recording health data on all Scottish Terriers;
By providing a readily accessible, open data base for pedigree analysis and research;
By recording the incidence of many genetic diseases as well as carrier and clear status where DNA tests are available;
The STCA has embraced CHIC as the Health Registry of choice for our breed.
Breeders and Owners alike are encouraged to learn more and then test AND register your Scottish Terrier.
Steps for Getting a Scottie into the CHIC Registry
The CHIC Registry requires that each breed club choose a set of screening tests covering specific issues with that breed. The below activities covers the current STCA requirements to be part of the CHIC registry. Once a dog has completed the current list of tests, it is given a CHIC number. Completing the test does not mean that the dog is clear for any of the tests, only that it has completed the necessary testing.If the list of requirement changes, any dog currently registered is not required to have the additional testing. However, a change in testing is most likely reflective of a breed health issue. Adding that testing is encouraged. In addition, the CHIC registry is collecting DNA samples for future testing. Please check their site (Canine Health Information Center) for additional information.
Step 1: Permanent identification
Microchip or tattoo: This is the primary mechanism for identifying your dog. It is tied then into the other registries information like the AKC litter no or limited registry. Information on non-purebred animals is allowed.
Step 2: vWD Test
Vet Gen DNA test or OFA vWD Clear by Parentage (see below)
Copy of Vet Gen Test results must be sent to OFA along with fee and OFA form.
Step 3: Patella Examination
Can be performed by your own veterinarian as part of a routine visit;
Scotties must be 12 months or older;
Test results plus OFA fee must be sent to OFA on proper form;
Abnormal test results are registered with OFA at no charge.
There has been some discussion relative to the appropriate and accurate use of the terminology “clear by parentage” when referring to vWD. Scottish Terriers are fortunate to have available a definitive test from Vet Gen for this genetically transmitted disorder. Responsible breeders have adopted this protocol and have conformation of their breeding stock (and those used as sires) as being clear or carriers thus hopefully eliminating the likelihood of any Scottish Terrier being affected by this devastating disease. Generations of breeders can thank the funds and persistent efforts of those who pursued and supported the research that resulted in the DNA based test.
The “clear by parentage” designation needs to be accurate and precise. Naturally the first and foremost criterion is to have the DNA VetGen test performed on both parents and certified as being clear. Each parent must be AKC DNA profiled. Once each parent is confirmed clear we can begin to clear the offspring. It is necessary to provide indisputable evidence to both the “clear” and “parentage” aspect of the designation. Thus, each offspring needs a DNA profile which allows comparison to the parents in order to receive the “clear by parentage” designation. Because of the possibility of new mutations or as of yet undiscovered gene mutations, only first generation offspring will be cleared and subsequent generations must be VetGen tested for vWD at this time.
vWD Clear By Parentage
For the purposes of OFA/CHIC listing, a Scottie can be designated vWD Clear by Parentage only if ALL of the conditions below are satisfied:
Sire and Dam and Pup are all AKC DNA profiled;
Sire and Dam are both VetGen vWD Tested Clear and results are registered with OFA
The Clear by Parentage designation will be granted for the first generation only at this time.