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

Charitable Foundation

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The American German Shepherd Dog Charitable Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization devoted exclusively to funding research projects pertaining to the health of the German Shepherd Dog. The mission of the Foundation, its history, the latest updates on Research Grant Funding, contacts, and links are available at

"To the Health of the Breed"

We are all responsible for giving something back of ourselves to our breed in thanks for the special dogs who have given us their heart and soul to make our daily lives a happier place to be. They ask nothing more than to be loved and their health needs met.  Working with your Foundation can make this happen.

For more information contact the Liaison or visit

CHIC Program & Certificate

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).  Their mission is to provide a source of health information for owners, breeders, and scientists, that will assist in breeding healthy dogs.

For CHIC Certification all results do not need to be normal, but they must all be in the public domain do that responsible breeders can make more informed breeding decisions.

CHIC Goals

  • To work with parent clubs in the identification of health issues for which a central information system should be established.
  • To establish and maintain a central health information system in a manner that will support research into canine disease and provide health information to owners and breeders.
  • To establish scientifically valid diagnostic criteria for the acceptance of information into the database.
  • To base the availability of information on individually identified dogs at the consent of the owner.

Read more: CHIC Program & Certificate