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Eye defects are 1 of the largest health concerns in the Australian Shepherd breed.  Cataracts maybe be caused by a hereditary condition and/or trauma to the eye.

OFA eye certification guarantees that a dog's eyes tested clear of clouding / opaqueness at the time of examination.

Embark and Paw Print Genetics test a dog's DNA for genes that cause hereditary eye concerns.  HC (hereditary cataracts HSF-4), CEA (collie eye anomaly), PRA-PRCD (progressive retinal atrophy, progressive rod-cone degeneration), CD (cone degeneration), and CMR1 (canine multifocal retinopathy)

Hartspride dogs are 1 or more of the following - OFA certified eyes normal, Embark or Paw Print Genetics DNA tested and cleared for genes known to cause hereditary eye concerns, and/or cleared by parentage.

For more information regarding eye defects please click the links below:

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DNA panel testing varies by breed and tests a series of hereditary genes to analyze if a dog is clear (N/N), a carrier (N/M), or a double carrier (M/M).  The parents will each contribute 1 gene to their offspring.

Dogs who are clear (N/N) can not pass on the gene to their offspring, dogs who are a carrier (N/M) have a 50/50 chance of passing on 1 copy of the gene, and dogs who are a double carrier (M/M) will pass on 1 copy of the gene. 

An adverse gene carrier should not be bred to a corresponding adverse gene carrier to prevent the risk of doubling up the gene(s) in their offspring.

Hartspride does not breed double carriers or dogs that are a carrier to a corresponding carrier for our DNA panel.  Our dogs are also 1 or more of the following - DNA tested by Embark or Paw Print Genetics and/or cleared by parentage for the following DNA panel:

CEA (collie eye anomaly), CD (cone degeneration), DM (degenerative myelopathy), HC (hereditary cataracts), HUU (Hyperuricosuria), MDR1 (multiple drug resistance 1), CMR1 (canine multifocal retinopathy), NCL (Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis), PRA-PRCD (progressive retinal atrophy, progressive rod-cone degeneration), and DCM (dilated cardiomyopathy)

5 Hartspride Aussies Have Been Selected For A Breed DNA Study

For more information regarding DNA panels and testing please click the links below:

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