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Tibetan Mastiff Health Information

In the United States the American Kennel Club's Canine Health Foundation and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals sponsor the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) to operate a centralized canine health database.

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

Once in place and accepted within the dog breeding community, the CHIC program offers benefits to breeders, buyers, parent clubs, and researchers.

I am committed to the future health of the Tibetan Mastiff breed.
All Tibetan Mastiffs in my possession and those that are bred by me will have their information recorded in the CHIC database.

It is my strong belief that as much information about as many Tibetan Mastiffs as possible needs to be available in the CHIC database. This information will help breeders make good decisions about what stock to breed to ensure the future health of the Tibetan Mastiff.

To learn more about CHIC, click on the link below


To learn more about SnowSpirits' committment to breeding for health, please read my article

Breeding For Health

Four major inherited health issues have been identified in Tibetan Mastiffs.

These health issues are:

*Hip Dysplasia
*Elbow Dysplasia
*Autoimmune Thyroid Disease
*Entropion, Ectropion and other possible eye disease

Information Links:

Hip Dysplasia
Baker Institute, Cornell University
Orthopedic Foundation for Animals
University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program

Elbow Dysplasia
AKC Canine Health Foundation
Orthopedic Foundation for Animals

Autoimmune Thyroid Disease
Dog Owner's Guide
OFA Idiopathic Hypothyroidism

Eye Disease
Canine Eye Registry Foundation
AKC Canine Health Foundation
University of Prince Edward Island (Entropion)
University of Prince Edward Island (Ectropion)
University of Prince Edward Island (Distiachiasis)

Information about Breeding and Breeders
Responsible Breeding
Demystifying Inbreeding Coefficients

Marcha Garn
(269) 317-2382

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