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Welcome to the Canine health Information Center

Providing a source of health information for owners, breeders, and scientists that will assist in breeding healthy dogs

CHIC DNA Repository – Update Reminder

If your dog has DNA banked in the CHIC DNA Repository and has had any significant health status changes since filling out the original phenotypic health survey, please remember to email the OFA with updates.  Include the dog’s name/number, as well as any updated diagnosis.  As the number of researchers interested in this resource continues to increase, it is important to keep the health histories up to date, as that is typically the primary selection criteria for supplying samples to a given research proposal. Email updates to: ofa@offa.org. Thank You!

What is CHIC?

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.

CHIC DNA Bank Repository Program

CHIC is currently in the process of developing an online web-based application to allow owners to record any significant changes in the health history of their dogs that have DNA samples banked. Until this application is implemented, please email us with any significant health updates.  Please include your name and contact information in the body of the email, as well as what changes have been noted.  We are primarily looking for new disease diagnosis, as an example, a dog that had developed cancer, PRA, or been diagnosed with hip dysplasia would all be updates that should be incorporated into the dog’s record.  Emails should be sent to:  chic@offa.org

CHIC DNA Repository Frequently Asked Questions

CHIC Certifications Listed in OFA Database

Dogs who have both OFA database listings and CHIC certifications are cross-referenced from the OFA site. Dogs who have a CHIC number will be listed in the OFA database with the CHIC logo, which will be linked to their information in the CHIC database. This will help breeders and owners using both sites find health data on dogs.

All OFA Applications are available at http://www.offa.org/applications.html. Applications may be filled out online.