According to Paw Print Genetics, "In a perfect world in which every dog breeder performed genetic disease testing on their breeding stock and made selective breeding decisions using these results, diseases caused by over 200 known canine genetic mutations could be completely prevented."
I would like to add, even though not all of the tests on the Australian Shepherd Panel may NOT be an issue for our breed, we do feel it's important to support this lab through their research which is why we brag about doing their full genetic panels of the Australian Shepherd.
It is our goal that both Dam & Sire/Sire for Hire compliment each other genetically in order to seek breeding quality of the Australian Shepherd.
It is extremely vital to us that our buyers understand the importance of whether or not your puppy has inherited 1 or 2 copies of the possible inherited genetic mutation by reviewing our breeding stocks test results yourself located within our website on each dogs page. If the mating combination is a Sire studded out, then we will provide you their genetic information we have on file with them on the tab called "Hired Studs." Any other hired studs we decide to hire will also be on the same page for your review.
The dogs we own within our kennel will all have their full genetic panel completed with Paw Print Genetics and have their own individual page. Any hired stud may or may not be genetically tested and if not, we always assume worst case in that the hired stud is M/M when making our final breeding decision in mating combinations to produce the healthiest puppies as possible with our Bitches. What I mean by worst case is if the Hired Stud is Mutant/Mutant on any possible inheritable mutation that he has not been tested for, then we as a responsible breeder would need to make certain that the Dam is Clear/Clear on that one particular mutation.
Concerning the litter out of this scenario, the worst case they would be are carriers and or clear and that's okay. Which ones out of that litter, we would not know unless we tested them through Paw Print Genetics which would be an extra cost. Let us know if this is something you would like to have tested as we can provide that for you at your cost.
To review all of our dogs within our kennel genetic testing results, simply go to each of their pages and click on "View my profile on Paw Print Pedigrees." The link gives you access to our Paw Print Genetics account to review their testing results. We do not match a mating combination if it is NOT in the best interest of the breed and yes, the genetics is a complicated subject and can change daily.
Here is the complete Australian Shepherd full panel tests we do for all of our breeding stock that we own.
According to Paw Print Genetics CEO, Lisa G. Shaffer, "ALL of mutations within their Australian Shepherd Genetic Breeding Panel covers ALL of the different forms of the mutations in the panel."
The possibility of offspring affected is: NO!
The possibility of offspring affected is: 50% of the puppies will be clear and 50% of the puppies will be carriers. How would you know for sure? You would have to have each puppy tested to know for certain or just have the puppy you are interested tested.
All puppies will be carriers!
The possibility of offspring affected is: 25% of puppies will be clear and have no copies of the mutation, 25% of puppies will be at risk/affected and will have two copies of the mutation and 50% of the puppies will be carriers and have one copy of the mutation. Again, how would you know for sure? You would have to have the puppy you're interested in tested with Paw Print Genetics. We can have this done for you before you take your puppy home with you at your request.
The possibility of offspring affected is: 50% of puppies will be carriers and 50% of puppies will be affected.
100% of puppies will be affected!
According to Paw Print Genetics, "in general, it would not be recommended to breed dogs with two copies of the mutation, However; in some cases breeding these dogs to clear dogs (rather than removing them from the gene pool) should be considered to prevent loss of genetic diversity within the breed (e.g. small breed populations, high mutation frequency in the population, etc.). It should be understood that 100% of the puppies from this pairing will be carriers of the mutation." Basically genetic diversity means if you have genetic material as a carrier, you will have the immunity in fighting the diseases that are known to exist with the Australian Shepherds. So for a puppy to be a carrier is not a bad thing because with- out it, the puppy won't be immune'd to the disease to fight it off.
If both Sire & Dam are clear on any one genetic mutation, we will be able to clear your puppy as well if they are both tested with the same lab, Paw Print Genetics.
Every year we make appointments with our local American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologist to check our dogs for any presence or absence of possible hereditary ocular eye disease. Normal passing exams will receive an OFA Eye Certification number valid for one year. These results are recorded in OFA's Clinical Database in supporting research. Simply type in our Sire and Dams registered names (listed above/middle picture) within OFA's website located at www.ofa.org for your review anytime.
Here at Central Oregon Aussies, we know the importance of screening our dogs for any possible hereditary ocular eye disease. By providing these important screenings, our buyers should feel confident in knowing that they are truly working with a breeder who cares about their dogs and their offspring. We do all we can to provide our buyers the healthiest puppies as possible.
These exams are done by an American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologist (ACVO) and then registered at the Orthopedic Foundation of Animals-Eye Certification Registry (ECR).
Our Health Screening Efforts!
Every year we obtain eye exams on all of the breeding stock that resides within our kennel. We made this information to you available for you here in case you to would like to get annual eye exams on your dog as well. The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) completes the ERA application form and sends it to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. Below is a flyer showing you how to complete it and send it in. This of course is in case the (ACVO) wants you to send it in, you know how to complete the form.
We have also downloaded the OFA Application here as well in case you intend on purchasing a puppy from us and want to participate in one of our health programs. You will need this form to give to your Veterinarian for the examination of your puppies hip and elbow radio-graphs before sending it in to OFA.
The Australian Shepherd comes in many different colors. To find out more about their color combinations, click below which will take you directly to the ASCA website that goes over this in great detail.
We do not charge any difference in our puppies for color/combos and or gender.
If your Australian Shepherd is NOT AKC registered and you want to compete in AKC events, you will be able to do so but NOT in the conformation arena. Instructions for a AKC Pal is available for you below.