CHIC for DUMMIES – What is it – why should I use it?

This ought to be good – and yes that’s sarcasm!  I’m going to try to take all the long words and even longer sentences that describe CHIC (Canine Health Information Center) and boil them down to a few bullet points that briefly explain who, what, when, where, and how this thing works. To get a full explanation and a complete understanding of CHIC and it’s importance to the Gordon Setter you must read their home page for which I’ve supplied a link below.

WHO

WHAT

  • CHIC collects information about health issues (Gordon Setters).
  • CHIC gives advice about the health screening tests we (owners) need to do to improve the chances of Gordon Setters being born without those health issues.
  • CHIC keeps records of the dogs that are screened and a database of all those test results.
  • CHIC issues a number  when all screening tests are done on a dog – this number does not mean all tests were negative or clear.

WHEN

  • We (owners) screen or test Gordon Setters for the health issues CHIC told us about before breeding.
  •  We send our dog’s test results and DNA samples to the CHIC database and storage bank.
  • We send CHIC updated health information on our dog when a new or different issue comes up.

HOW

  • CHIC sends researchers our dog’s DNA when it’s needed for new research projects.
  • CHIC keeps parent club (owners) up to date on current health trends in the breed based on the data that we sent them.
  • Researchers find new answers to breeding healthy Gordon Setters.

And they all lived happily ever after…the End!

CHIC - breed health improvement plan

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