Health & Genetics Committee

Chair: Carolyn Gerganoff

The Health & Genetics Committee continually evaluates and recommends funding for studies that are of great importance to the health of breed.  Recent studies include the important health issue of degenerative myelopathy.

The Committee objective is to have more GSD testing performed and to have results published so that information is available to breeders and researchers.


CHIC Program & Certificate

The CHIC program is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored by the AKC Canine Health Foundation and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals.

Read more:  CHIC Program & Certificate


GSDCA Health Award of Merit – Ginny Altman

The GSDCA Health Award of Merit is presented to current club members who’s GSD has passed the parent club’s comprehensive set of required health tests and evaluations.  Tests are verified on the OFA Database.

The current requirements for the Health Award of Merit include passing: OFA Hips & Elbows, GSDCA Temperament Test, OFA Cardiac and Thyroid tests.  The requirement to perform and publish the DM test is also included, but because of continuing research, the dog's DNA status/results will not disqualify a dog.

Read more:  GSDCA Health Award of Merit application form

Read more: GSDCA Health Award of Merit Explanations from OFA and GSDCA