Health Information Requirements

Health Information Must Be Stated Using Only the Following Wording for Advertising in The Courier:

NOTE: Items marked with an asterisk (*) may not be used in breeding ads.

GM-1 (choose one):

  • N99, N99L, N99A, N95, N95L, N95A, C99, C95, IND, INDL, AP, GM-1-NOR, GM-1-CAR/
  • CBP

Hips (choose one):

  • OFA#
  • TOO YOUNG TO OFA (any dog less than two years of age)*
  • OFA PENDING, RADIOGRAPHS SUBMITTED (acceptable one time only on dogs between 2 and 3 years of age)
  • NOT OFA’d (dog NOT TESTED and over 2 years of age)*

Eyes (both items must be included):

  1. OptiGen prcd PRA:
    • “A” or “Normal/Clear,” “B” or “Carrier,” “C” or “Affected”
    • CBP
  2. CERF or ECR: (choose one)
    • CURRENT # (Certification is good for 12 months from the date of the exam. In the case of The Courier ad policy, this applies up to 120 months of age.)
    • FINAL: An eye exam conducted after a dog reaches 120 months of age with a normal certification and CERF or ECR number.
    • NO CURRENT #* (Certification as outlined above has expired).
    • EYES CLEAR, # PENDING (with copy of exam form marked normal)
    • NOT TESTED* (dog not tested)
    • EYE EXAM FAILED*: (Exception for breeding related advertising: A dog rated OptiGen “C” or “C1” or “Affected” can be featured in a breeding related ad provided it has a current eye exam form with a sole diagnosis of Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) as the reason for failure.)

JDCM Recommendation: PWDCA recommends that one of each breeding pair, either sire or dam, be tested as 1-1 Probable Normal to avoid producing any cardio-affected puppies.

Optional: Ads may include the following in a dog’s health statement using only this wording.

  • JDCM—1-1 or 1-2 or CBP
  • OFA EL# — OFA Elbow certification
  • PENNHIP% — PennHIP Laxity Profile Ranking (indicated by percentage)
  • ERG — dog’s status to be stated with name of facility, year and dog’s age in months, for example: ERG CRN/95-24 means ERG done at Cornell Univ. in 1995 at 24 months.


GM-1 TEST: Instructions and application available at PWDCA Health Tests. You may contact Kathy Ferrandino ([email protected]) with any questions.

OPTIGEN: For genetic testing for Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) or GM-1 contact: OPTIGEN, LLC at 607-257-0301 or visit their website at

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