WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HAVE A CHIC CHIHUAHUA OR A CHIC PEDIGREE? WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? WHY SHOULD YOU CARE? 
WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH THE IMFORMATION?

Often we are asked or see that people are confused about CHIC numbered canine; or more specifically,what it takes to become a CHIC numbered canine.
What is CHIC?

DEFINITION OF C.H.I.C BY: THE CANINE HEALTH INFORMATION CENTER
"The Canine Health Information Center, also known as CHIC, is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored by the AKC/Canine Health Foundation (AKC/CHF) and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). The CHIC, working with participating parent clubs, provides a resource for breeders and owners of purebred dogs to research and maintain information on the health issues prevalent in specific breeds.
The CHIC also maintains a DNA Bank, co-sponsored by the OFA and the AKC/CHF, collects and stores canine DNA samples along with corresponding genealogic and phenotypic information to facilitate future research and testing aimed at reducing the incidence of inherited disease in dogs."

OK HERE IS WHAT IS IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO KNOW

C.H.I.C. IS A WAY TO DOCUMENT AND MAKE PUBLIC A HEALTH HISTORY OF YOUR BLOODLINES AND A WAY TO PUBLICLY VIEW BLOODLINES YOU WANT OR ARE WORKING WITH. IT ALSO PROVIDES A WEBSITE THAT ALLOWS CONCERNED BREEDERS AND BUYERS ACCESS TO OFA RECORDS/CERF RECORDS/SPECIFIC RESULTS OF REGISTERED DOGS AND THEIR TESTED RELATIVES SUCH AS IT'S PARENTS , GRANDPARENTS, SIBLINGS, AUNT'S, UNCLES, HALF SIBS, ETC. 

TESTING AND SUBMITTING IS A WAY FOR THE PUBLIC/AND THE BREEDERS TO SEE ANY AND ALL HEALTH TESTING THAT HAS BEEN PREFORMED ON A DOG AND IT'S GIVEN BLOODLINES BY ACCESSING ONE SITE.

HOWEVER, AND THIS IS WHERE WE ARE SEEING ALLOT OF CONFUSION, BY OBTAINING A C.H.I.C. NUMBER AND A C.H.I.C. CERTIFICATE IT "DOES NOT" MEAN THAT THE DOG PASSED ALL OF HIS OR HER OFA AND CERF HEALTH TESTING, IT MEANS THAT "ALL" THE REQUIRED HEALTH TESTING FOR THAT BREED BY OFA, AKC/CHF AND THE PARENT CLUB HAS BEEN COMPLETED, SUBMITTED INTO OFA AND CERF, AND THEN ALLOWING THE RESULTS TO BE PUBLISHED FOR PUBLIC VIEWING. THIS GIVES THE INTERESTED PUBLIC AN INFORMED WAY TO DECIDE IF THEY WANT TO BUY A DOG/PUP, ,OR BREED INTO THE BLOODLINES, WITH THE HEALTH HISTORY THE DOG AND/OR HIS BLOODLINES ARE SHOWING HISTORY OF. 

SO THE C.H.I.C. DOG DOES NOT NEED TO PASS TESTING, a.k.a. BE DISEASE/DISORDER FREE.
TO RECEIVE HIS/HER C.H.I.C. STATUS.

FOR EXAMPLE IF YOUR CHIHUAHUA FAILS HIS/HER HEALTH TESTING FOR LUXATING PATELLAS HE OR SHE WILL "NOT" BE GIVEN AN OFA PATELLAR CERTIFICATE OR GIVEN AN OFA NUMBER FOR PATELLA TESTING, HOWEVER IF YOU HAVE DONE ALL THE TESTING, AND SENT IT IN FOR THE DATABASE, C.H.I.C. WILL SEND YOU A C.H.I.C. CERTIFICATE AND NUMBER. THE SAME IS TRUE WITH YOUR CARDIAC EXAMS, BAER TESTING, LCP TESTING, CERF TESTING AND SO ON AND SO FORTH. 

THIS IS WHERE SENDING IN ANY FAILED TESTING BECOMES SO IMPORTANT FOR TRACKING BUT ALSO TO ACHIEVE ACCURATE STATISTICS OF THE BREED'S KNOWN HEALTH ISSUES; THUS YIELDING AN ACCURATE REFLECTION INTO THE BREED WE ALL LOVE. FAILED TESTING IS AS IMPORTANT TO SUBMIT AS THE PASSED TESTING. FAILED TESTING DOCUMENTATION GIVES A VIEW OF THE SEVERITY OF HEALTH DISEASE/DISORDERS. IT ALLOWS FOR THE DISEASE/DISORDER TO BE TRACKED, SAMPLES STUDIED, AND PROVIDE RESEARCH A WAY TO CREATE GENETIC SCREENS FOR DISEASE/DISORDERS. THE END RESULT IS OFFSPRING BETTER THAN YOU FOUND THEM. A TRUE OUTCOME OF THE TERMS, "BETTERMENT OF THE BREED". 

"OUR POSITION OF SUBMITTING ALL RESULTS"
'ALL TESTING MUST BE SUBMITTED OR YOU ARE HURTING THE BREED NOT HELPING'
OFTEN IS THE CASE THAT LESS THAN NORMAL TESTING GOES UNREPORTED. SADLY THE REASON IS MOST OFTEN POLITICALLY CHARGED, OTHER REASONS ARE TO AVOID CONFESSION, FEAR OF RETRIBUTION,  OR SOME FALSE SENSE OF SHAME. SADLY THIS LEADS TO FALSE PERCENTAGES AND HIDES THE TRUE DEPTH OF A HEALTH ISSUE. THIS WILL ONLY PROLONG THE TIME FOR OUR BREED TO IMPROVE, PREVENT THE CREATION OF A GENE POOL THAT CAN BE MAPPED, AND PREVENT THE BREED FROM REACHING A DISEASE/DISORDER FREE STATUS. THE POSITION SHOULD BE, I ENTERED THE BREED WITH A DOCUMENTED AND RECOGNIZED HIGH INCIDENCE OF OCCURRENCE OF THE SITED DISEASE/DISORDERS. I AM STARTING WITH BLOODLINES AT POINT "A" WHICH I AM HONORED TO HAVE ACCESS TOO, I WILL LEAVE MY LINES AT POINT "B", WITH A GOAL OF BEING FREE OF...-TO-... NEXT TO NO OCCURRENCE. I AM SCREENING AND TESTING TO LEAVE THE BREED BETTER THAN I FOUND IT...

WHAT IS A C.H.I.C. PEDIGREE?
WHEN WE REACHED OUR 3rd GENERATION OF HEALTH TESTING ,"WE COINED THE PHASE 3rd GENERATION C.H.I.C. PEDIGREE"....THE 'CHIC' WEBSITE SUPPLIES A LINK OF THE DOG'S VERTICAL PEDIGREE WHICH DISPLAYS ONLY THE NAMES IN THE PEDIGREE AND THE HEALTH TESTING DONE IN HIS OR HER'S PEDIGREE FOR PUBLIC VIEWING, THIS ALLOWS ALL RELATED GENEALOGY THAT HAS BEEN TESTED IN OFA/CERF CATEGORIES TO BE DISPLAYED IN THE FORM OF A PEDIGREE. IT SHOWS ANY CHIC'ED HERITAGE ON THE PEDIGREE, AS WELL AS ANY/ALL OFA AND CERF HERITAGE. IF YOU WANT THE PEDIGREE TO FOLLOW IN GENERATION FORMAT, IT IS IMPORTANT TO SUBMIT ALL GENERATIONS AS THEY ARE TESTED, OTHERWISE YOU HAVE BROKEN THE CONSECUTIVE GENERATIONAL FLOW AND IT DEFAULTS BACK TO THE 1ST GENERATION.
"WE ARE NOW WHELPING OUR 5th GENERATION C.H.I.C. PEDIGREE PUPPIES"
THIS MEANS THAT THE DOGS WE HAVE TESTED CAN BE TRACED ON THE CHIC PEDIGREE FOR 5 GENERATIONS; INCLUDING THE DOG/PUP'S GENERATION, ON AT LEAST ONE SIDE OF THE OFFSPRING'S PEDIGREE AND IT IS ABLE TO BE VIEWED ON THE C.H.I.C WEBSITE! (WE SUBMIT IN GROUPS OF 5-10 TO REDUCE COSTS, SO IT CAN TAKE SOME TIME TO SHOW ON THE WEBSITE)

SO IT IS IMPORTANT TO ACTUALLY LOOK UP THE DOG THAT YOU ARE BEING TOLD IS A C.H.I.C. NUMBERED CHIHUAHUA. YOU MAY INDEED FIND THAT THE DOG HAS BILATERAL GRADE 3'S  MAYBE GRADE 4'S NEEDING SURGICAL INTERVENTION. IT MAY BE THE PUPPY YOU ARE BUYING; PARENTS HAVE A HISTORY OF SPONTANEOUS CATARACT OCCURRENCE, AND SO DID 50% OF HIS BLOODLINES.

SURGERIES ARE COSTLY TO EVERYONE INVOLVED EXCEPT THE VETS. "WE LOVE OUR VETS" OF OVER 40+YEARS OF WORKING WITH THEM, BUT WE WOULD RATHER NOT SPEND ALL OUR MONEY WITH SURGERY AFTER SURGERY, NOR "WOULD THEY WANT US TOO"IT HAS BEEN OUR EXPERIENCE GOOD VETS HOLD LITTLE RESPECT FOR BREEDERS THAT KEEP REPRODUCING GENETIC DISORDERS/DISEASE.


THE DATABASE GIVES US A WAY TO RESEARCH OUR DOGS BLOODLINES HEALTH HISTORY AND STATISTICS. IT IS AN EXCELLENT TOOL FOR CONCERNED INDIVIDUALS TO USE HOW THEY WISH; EITHER PROCEED, BREED AWAY FROM, OR AVOID AT ALL COSTS. SOME CASES IT IS RARE/NEXT TO NON-EXISTENT IN THE BLOODLINES AND THEREFORE IS SOMETHING THAT IS NOT A SIGNIFICANT PROBLEM IN THE PEDIGREE. BUT WORTHY OF BEING MONITORED FOR REPRODUCTION.

DISEASE/DISORDERS, GENETIC WEAKNESSES AND/OR GENETIC TRAITS AND TRENDS OF CERTAIN BLOODLINES WHICH REQUIRE EITHER LIFETIME TREATMENT WITH CONSENT V.M.D. MONITORING WITH ADJUSTMENT AND PRESCRIPTIONS, OR THOSE THAT REQUIRE SURGERY ARE JUST A FEW THINGS CONSCIENCE BREEDERS WISH TO AVOID. WE SUGGEST YOU DO TOO. WHY GET INVOLVED WITH A POTENTIAL DISEASE/DISORDER, OR HIGH INCIDENCE WHEN IT COULD OF SIMPLY BE AVOIDED AND BRED OUT OF THE BLOODLINE BY A CONSCIENCE BREEDER. A CONSCIENCE BREEDER WHO TAKES THE TIME, EFFORT AND EXPENSE TO BREED FOR HEALTH AND DISEASE/DISORDER FREE PUPPIES, AS WELL AS CONFORMATION, SOCIAL EXCELLENCE, AND FULLY PERFORMANCE CAPABLE?  WE CERTAINLY DON'T WANT TO BREED INTO PROBLEMS AND ALWAYS BREED AWAY FROM THEM. GETTING NEW BLOODLINES TO WORK INTO A PROGRAM CAN CAUSE A HICCOUGH BUT A GOOD BREEDER WILL TAKE THE TIME TO BREED AWAY FROM ISSUES AND CAN IMPROVE A GOOD BLOODLINE BY ADDING IN HEALTH AND SOUNDNESS TO CONFORMATION-ALLY PROVEN LINES.  SOME LINES WE NEED TO START SOMEWHERE FROM. WE UNDERSTAND THIS, AND KNOW WHY SOME LINES ARE WORKED WITH WHEN OTHERS MAY NOT CHOSE TO DO SO. IT IS IMPORTANT FOR BREEDERS TO HAVE A BROAD VISION AND UNDERSTANDING OF THEIR DIRECTION THEY ARE GOING. THEY NEED AWARENESS OF A PEDIGREE NOT JUST IN TERMS OF AMOUNT OF RED SHOWING, BUT ALSO THE AMOUNT OF PASS AND FAIL OF HEALTH SCREENING. BREEDERS KNOW WHAT HEALTH ISSUES THEIR PEDIGREES ARE PRESENTING, GOOD BREEDERS WILL TELL YOU WHAT THEY WATCH FOR AND BREED AWAY FROM.

THE FOLLOWING ARE JUST A FEW SIMPLE EXAMPLES OF THE 3 MOST COMMON ISSUES
EYE DISORDERS AND SURGERY, IS VERY EXPENSIVE, AND IF A FRACTURE LENS IS AN ORIGINAL SOURCE ("YOU WILL MOST LIKELY BE AWARE AS THE EYE WILL ACTUALLY MAKE A RATTLE NOISE WITH MOVEMENT AT ONSET, AND EYE WILL START TO CLOUD OVER/TEAR/AND BECOME VERY IRRITATED). IF YOU WANT THE HIGHEST CHANCE FOR A SUCCESSFUL OUTCOME WITH SURGERY.... HERE'S WHAT WE HAVE BEEN INSTRUCTED BY OUR CANINE OPHTHALMOLOGIST, HE STATES YOU ONLY HAVE A 24 HOUR WINDOW FOR SURGERY. (CAN YOU EVEN IMAGINE THE COST INCURRED ON A HOLIDAY WEEKEND FOR A SPECIALIST, AND THE DISTANCE TO GET TO ONE IN TIME???"). PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW IT IS VERY PAINFUL. SO MUCH SO, TO BE LEFT UNTREATED, MOST BREEDERS AND VETS WOULD CONSIDER IT CRUEL TO NOT REPAIR. SADLY, IN THE END IT STILL CAN LEAD TO BLINDNESS OF THE AFFECTED EYE. IT ONLY MAKES SENSE WHY CONCERNED PEOPLE CARE ABOUT THE HEALTH OF THEIR COMPANION WHETHER IT IS JUST YOUR BEST FRIEND, SOMETHING YOU ARE PROMOTING AND REPRODUCING, OR SOMETHING YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT BUYING.

HEART MURMURS ARE DEVASTATING. IF UNFORTUNATE TO HAVE A GRADE 3 OR 4 IT ALMOST ALWAYS LEADS TO PREMATURE DEATH OF YOUR COMPANION. NOT TO MENTION THE COST OF SURGERY, THE TRUTH THAT MANY DON'T SURVIVE THE SURGERY, OR THE SURGERY OFTEN CAN FAIL. THEN THE LIFETIME  COSTS FOR TREATMENT OF A MURMUR, BUT THE SUFFERING THAT THE ANIMAL ENDURES, ALONG WITH A DECREASE IN QUALITY OF LIFE SHOULD NEVER BE REPRODUCED IN OUR OPINION AND IF IT IS INTENTIONALLY OVERLOOKED BY A BREEDER, IT MAKES YOU WONDER WHY?? AND TO THINK ABOUT WHAT THEIR COMMITMENT TO THE BREED REALLY IS. THE PERSON OR PEOPLE WHO MAY BOND TO THE ANIMAL NEED TO DISCUSS WITH THEIR TRUSTED VET EXACTLY WHAT THEY ARE COMMITTING THEMSELVES TOO PRIOR TO ADOPTING SUCH A DOG.  AS HUMANS WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO LOVE ALL ANIMALS SICK OR NOT, IT TAKES A SPECIAL FAMILY OR PERSON TO EMOTIONALLY TAKE ON DISEASED/DISORDERED DOGS AS HEARTBREAK AND HARDSHIP ALSO COME HAND AND HAND WITH THEIR LOVE.

LUXATING PATELLAS; LEAD TO ARTHRITIS AND OFTEN SEVER PAIN, SO IN YOUTH IT MAY NOT BE EVIDENT JUST HOW MUCH ARTHRITIS A DOG WILL GO THROUGH WHEN THEY GET OLDER. WHEN YOU NEED L.P. SURGERY IT COSTS A GREAT DEAL OF MONEY TO REPAIR JUST ONE LEG ON AVERAGE ONE LEG IS BETWEEN 1500.00-2000.00 TO REPAIR, AND IT STILL WILL NOT STOP ARTHRITIC PAIN THEY WILL FEEL WHEN OLDER. UNFORTUNATELY NOT ALL SURGERIES ARE SUCCESSFUL OR REPAIR THE DISORDER/DISEASE PROCESS. (REMEMBER WITH PATELLAS, THERE ARE GENETIC PATELLAS WHICH TEND TO PROGRESS AS THEY AGE. THEN THERE ARE INJURED PATELLAS, INJURED PATELLAS HAVE A GREATER SUCCESS FOR REPAIR HISTORY OFTEN WITH REST/DIET/AND PHYSICAL THERAPY BUT ALSO WITH SURGERY IN THE MORE SEVERE CASES AND THESE ARE MORE LIKELY YOUR UNILATERAL FAILS THAT HAVE BETTER OUTCOMES.)

ALTHOUGH A DISORDER CAN HAPPEN OUT OF NO WHERE IN A BLOODLINE AT THIS TIME (THE THREE MOST COMMON, EYES, PATELLAS, AND CARDIAC, WILL PRESENT THEMSELVES BY AGE OF WEANING THROUGH THE DOG'S FIRST YEAR OF LIFE), DUE TO SOME BEING RECESSIVELY PASSED ON; BREEDING WITHOUT SCREENING; IS TOO MUCH OF A GAMBLE, RESULTING IN TOO HIGH OF AN INCREASED OCCURRENCE, FOR THOSE WHO ARE THINKING ONLY ABOUT THE BETTERMENT OF THE BREED, TO TAKE THAT RISK. THIS WAY OF BREEDING IS JUST UNACCEPTABLE IN THIS DAY AND AGE OF TESTING, SCREENING, REPORTING, TRACKING, AND GENETIC MAPPING. IF EVERYONE REPORTED THEIR DISORDERS IT WOULD DECREASE THE TIME, FOR GENETIC MAPPING TO BE FULLY EVOLVED AND ESTABLISHED. WHEN ENOUGH PARTICIPATION IS REACHED, IT WILL BRING ABOUT THE DAY WHEN A SIMPLE DNA SWAB WOULD TELL US IF THE DOG IS FREE OF DISEASE/DISORDER, A CARRIER OR IS AFFECTED WITH A DISEASE/DISORDER. 
WHEN THAT DAY GETS HERE, WE COULD BRED 100% HEALTHY PUPS 100% OF THE TIME.

WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO FIND A BREEDER WHO TESTS! SADLY NOT EVERYONE SUBMITS, BUT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO SHOW YOU HEALTH RECORDS SAYING THAT THEY DID AND DO. SO ASK FOR THEM. IF THEY ARE C.H.I.C.'ED LOOK THEM UP ON LINE, IT IS EASY TO CHECK AND ONLY TAKES A FEW SECONDS, IF THEY CAN'T SHOW YOU RECORDS THEN YOU MAY WANT RETHINK YOUR PLANS. THERE ARE SOME EXPRESSIONS WHEN YOU RESEARCH FOR YOUR NEXT CHIHUAHUA WORTH SHARING WITH YOU. WE ALWAYS REVIST THE QUOTES WHEN WE START THE PROCESS AGAIN.... "YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR", 'YOU'LL BE PAYING FOR IT ON ONE END OR THE OTHER", "WAITING FOR THE RIGHT BREEDER/RIGHT DOG CAN NEVER BE RUSHED!!!", "YOU ARE NOT ONLY BUYING THE DOG YOU ARE LOOKING AT, YOU ARE BUYING IT'S WHOLE PEDIGREE!!!" 

"IF YOU FIND YOURSELF IN NEED OF HELP AND WE DO NOT HAVE WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR ALWAYS FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BUY A DOG FROM US IN ORDER FOR US TO HELP YOU" 

AND REMEMBER IF THEY SAY THEY TEST LOOK THE INFORMATION UP ON LINE
 JUST GO TO THE WEBSITES.... OFA.... CERF.... CHIC...
 AND TYPE IN THEIR REGISTERED NAME OR NUMBER, THE KENNEL PREFIX,AND ALSO IF CHIC'ED, TYPE IN THE CHIC NUMBER. 

WE CAN BOAST THAT IN 2011 WE HAVE TESTED FOR A MAXIMUM OF 4 GENERATIONS AND ARE CLEAR OF DISEASE AND DISORDER FOR 4 CONSECUTIVE GENERATIONS.(some paperwork is still being submitted as we submit in groups of 5 to 10 to save costs). And in 2011 we are whelping our 5th generation of health tested bloodlines.

REMEMBER GOOD BREEDERS ARE ALWAYS THINKING ABOUT THE BETTERMENT OF THE BREED



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