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Health Tests Available to Cardigans

The OFA offers screening tests and open registry for the following:

The OFA collaborates with CERF and BAER to provide test results in their database.

  • CERF and the OFA
  • BAER Hearing Test
  • rcd3 PRA test results can be submitted to the OFA registry by providing a copy of the lab results along with the DNA Application form
  • The OFA now has an all breed Dentition database.
  • OFA Spinal screening is available, but results are currently not listed in the open database.
    NOTE: The application lists this test as only for Bulldogs, French Bulldogs and Boston Terriers, but Cardigans can be submitted with a note to identify their breed.

PennHip offers an alternative to OFA hip screening by evaluating joint laxity. Unfortunately this is a closed registry and only offers information to registered members. However, the OFA now allows owners to post PennHip scores in the OFA database.  Contact the OFA for submission information.

DNA Banking

DNA Banking through OFA is a very affordable way help research in the future.
CHIC DNA Repository 

The NHGRI (National Humen Genetic Research Institute) Dog Genome Project is collecting samples to help identify markers for many genetic diseases in dogs, including Addison’s.
Blood samples are needed and they will supply the necessary collection materials.
Contact information:

Erica Chapman, CBG/NHGRI/NIH
50 South Drive, Bldg 50, Room 5347
Bethesda, MD 20892-8000

Additional Tests Available to Cardigans

  • DDC list of tests including, DM, Coat Color and Long Coat (fluff).
    The DDC also offers a DM test which may now be submitted to the OFA registry..
    Contact the OFA for submission information.
  • VetNostic tests including Coat Length, Coat Color, DM and PRA testing
    The OFA is now accepting DM results from VetNostic for submission to their database.
  • Paw Print Genetics tests for DM and PRA
    The OFA is now accepting results from Paw Print Genetics for submission to their database.
  • Animal Genetics (see link in the list below) currently offers several tests, but only provides a DM test for Cardigans.
    The OFA may not currently be accepting results from Animal Genetics.
  • The CWCHF will soon be offering a free DM database for Cardigan owners and breeders to submit test results from all DNA testing sources.
  • The CWCHF will also soon be offering a free database for Cardigan owners and breeders to share and compare digital radiograph images of hips, elbows, spines and more.


In the US/Canada/International



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