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Health and Screening Tests

Evaluating and screening for health conditions in individual dogs and across breeds is integral to Health Strategies and Programs. However, the challenges and complexities are considerable. In this section we look to provide information, links and expert guidance to breeders and breeding advisors.

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  1. General Principles | Tests

    Overview and details of use of various screening and other tests in breeding decisions; including quality and validation issues as well as proper interpretation at the dog, breed, national and international levels. * Check out the Subcategories (below) and Articles (further below).*
  2. Molecular-Genetic (DNA) Tests

    This section provides resources on genetic DNA testing, which has grown in popularity among breeders to determine an animal’s predisposition towards disease and other genetic conditions. * Check out the Subcategories (below) and Articles (further below).*
  3. Other Health Tests (non-DNA)

    Many health evaluations have been used to inform breeding decisions. Most commonly and historically, for Hip Dysplasia and Eye conditions, also Elbow Screening, Behavior/Temperament and others. However, the tests/evaluations used are not necessarily standardized or harmonized across all registries, nationally or internationally. In this section we provide content on principles, challenges, controversies and new developments to help breeders understand the complexities, organized by specific conditions. * Check out the Subcategories (below) and Articles (further below).*
  4. Tests | Quality and Validation

    Overview and details of appraisal of quality / validation of various tests for use in breeding decisions - at the level of discovery, commercialization (lab), and by breed and region.

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