Wondering what people refer to when they say OFA or CHIC? Curious on what disease your GWP could be prone to?
We are blessed to have Doctors of Vertinarian Medicine who are owners of the breed. Get some of their insight on GWP health.
German Wirehaired Pointers are a relatively healthy breed, however the GWPCA recommends all breeding stock be health tested following the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) recommendations. Dogs who have had all recommended health tests completed and results made public will be issued a CHIC number which can be verified on the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)‘s website.
What are the benefits to health testing and having a CHIC number?
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Seems we can no longer assume our beloved companions will live to be senior citizens. Over the years, our breed has lost some special dogs, in their prime by most standards. Several conditions are linked to sudden death in a seemingly healthy dog.