OFA/CHIC Results – Quarter 1 of 2021

OFA Results

QtrRegistrationTestNameTest DateResults
1CMKUBC601020DMKNOX WARRIOR SOUL1/12/2021NORMAL
1CMKUBC601020VWKNOX WARRIOR SOUL1/12/2021CLEAR
1DN38922701BCAILEAH NOIRE DU CHATEAU ROCHER3/18/2021NORMAL/CLEAR – PRACTITIONER
1DN38922701HDILEAH NOIRE DU CHATEAU ROCHER3/25/2021GOOD
1DN40815201EYEJAMAIS SANS TOI DU CHATEAU ROCHER1/28/2021NORMAL
1DN40815201ACAJAMAIS SANS TOI DU CHATEAU ROCHER1/28/2021NORMAL AO/CONG, AUSC/ECG/ECHO
1DN40815201CHIJAMAIS SANS TOI DU CHATEAU ROCHER1/29/2021CHIC – QUALIFIED
1DN42531909ELLACY BLEUE DU CHATEAU ROCHER2/9/2021NORMAL
1DN42531909HDLACY BLEUE DU CHATEAU ROCHER2/9/2021EXCELLENT
1DN42531909ACALACY BLEUE DU CHATEAU ROCHER3/23/2021NORMAL AO/CONG, AUSC/ECHO
1DN42920708ACALAISSER LE COTE SOMBRE DANS DE LA VALLE KATAHDIN2/3/2021NORMAL AO/CONG, AUSC/ECHO
1DN42920708EYELAISSER LE COTE SOMBRE DANS DE LA VALLE KATAHDIN2/3/2021NORMAL
1DN42920708CHILAISSER LE COTE SOMBRE DANS DE LA VALLE KATAHDIN2/4/2021CHIC – QUALIFIED
1DN43462601ACAJEREMIAH BEOWOLF DES MONTS DU LAC1/22/2021NORMAL AO/CONG, AUSC/ECG/ECHO
1DN45839608ACAMARIPOSA LE BOULANGER2/23/2021NORMAL AO/CONG, AUSC/ECHO
1DN45839608EYEMARIPOSA LE BOULANGER2/23/2021NORMAL
1DN45839608CHIMARIPOSA LE BOULANGER2/24/2021CHIC – QUALIFIED
1DN47696802ELMY MAIN SQUEEZE DU CHATEAU ROCHER3/3/2021NORMAL
1DN47696802HDMY MAIN SQUEEZE DU CHATEAU ROCHER3/3/2021GOOD
1DN48570802ACANORTHERN STAR OF BLUE KISSES GARDIEN DES CHUTES2/26/2021NORMAL AO/CONG, AUSC/ECHO
1DN50800004DMBIRDWING NICKLESBY1/18/2021NORMAL
1DN50800004VWBIRDWING NICKLESBY1/18/2021CLEAR
1DN50800004CHIBIRDWING NICKLESBY1/20/2021CHIC – QUALIFIED
1DN50800009DMBIRDWING NIETZSCHE1/18/2021NORMAL
1DN50800009VWBIRDWING NIETZSCHE1/18/2021CLEAR
1DN50800009EYEBIRDWING NIETZSCHE1/26/2021NORMAL
1DN50800009CHIBIRDWING NIETZSCHE1/27/2021CHIC – QUALIFIED
1DN51047601ACANICA DE L’AMOUR DE VOLCAN3/18/2021NORMAL AO/CONG, AUSC/ECG/ECHO
1DN51047601BCANICA DE L’AMOUR DE VOLCAN3/18/2021NORMAL/CLEAR – CARDIOLOGIST
1DN51638601CHIANYA MY DAREDEVIL2/5/2021CHIC – QUALIFIED
1DN51638601EYEANYA MY DAREDEVIL2/5/2021NORMAL
1DN51670801HDNOCTURNE OF THE RUINED KING DES MONTS DU LAC3/17/2021GOOD
1DN51670801ELNOCTURNE OF THE RUINED KING DES MONTS DU LAC3/17/2021NORMAL
1DN54070501EYEOCEANE ARGENTEE DU VAILLANT FEU1/28/2021NORMAL
1DN54070501CHIOCEANE ARGENTEE DU VAILLANT FEU1/29/2021CHIC – QUALIFIED
1DN54070505EYEOHANKO NOIR DU VAILLANT FEU2/9/2021NORMAL
1DN54070507EYEOPTIMISTIC OMEN DU VAILLANT FEU3/24/2021NORMAL W/BREEDER OPTIONS NOTED
1DN54152602HDOBERON NOIR DU CHATEAU ROCHER2/22/2021EXCELLENT
1DN54152602ELOBERON NOIR DU CHATEAU ROCHER2/22/2021NORMAL
1DN54152607ELOOLALA DU CHATEAU ROCHER2/5/2021NORMAL
1DN54152607ACAOOLALA DU CHATEAU ROCHER3/23/2021NORMAL AO/CONG, AUSC/ECHO
1DN54242305DEOH ZARKING FARDWARKS DE HAUTE CRETE1/18/2021FULL DENTITION
1DN54418204EYEO’RISTA DU JOIE DE VIE2/19/2021NORMAL
1DN55022202HDODDS MAKER OF PRAIRIE CREST1/14/2021GOOD
1DN55022202ELODDS MAKER OF PRAIRIE CREST1/14/2021NORMAL
1DN55022202THODDS MAKER OF PRAIRIE CREST2/5/2021NORMAL
1DN55022206EYEOPULENCE OF PRAIRIE CREST1/19/2021NORMAL
1DN55023602ELOVATION DU JOIE DE VIE ADVENTURE3/31/2021NORMAL
1DN55023602HDOVATION DU JOIE DE VIE ADVENTURE3/31/2021GOOD
1DN55255606HDORIGINS OF FIRE&BRIMSTONE DU CHATEAU ROCHER2/1/2021EXCELLENT
1DN55255606ELORIGINS OF FIRE&BRIMSTONE DU CHATEAU ROCHER2/1/2021NORMAL
1DN55255606EYEORIGINS OF FIRE&BRIMSTONE DU CHATEAU ROCHER2/2/2021NORMAL
1DN55255606ACAORIGINS OF FIRE&BRIMSTONE DU CHATEAU ROCHER3/16/2021NORMAL AO/CONG, AUSC/ECHO
1DN55255606CHIORIGINS OF FIRE&BRIMSTONE DU CHATEAU ROCHER3/18/2021CHIC – QUALIFIED
1DN55696901ELKAFZIEL VON DER FUNKHALDE3/18/2021NORMAL
1DN55696901HDKAFZIEL VON DER FUNKHALDE3/18/2021EXCELLENT
1DN55696901SHKAFZIEL VON DER FUNKHALDE3/18/2021NORMAL
1DN55696901CHIKAFZIEL VON DER FUNKHALDE3/23/2021CHIC – QUALIFIED
1DN56048601ACAOCTAVIA BLEUE GARDEIN DES CHUTES3/23/2021NORMAL AO/CONG, AUSC/ECHO
1DN56203503THOLYMPUS MES YEUX VIGILANTS2/12/2021NORMAL
1DN56340908PAORABELLE BLEUE DU CHATEAU ROCHER1/28/2021NORMAL – PRACTITIONER
1DN56340908ELORABELLE BLEUE DU CHATEAU ROCHER2/3/2021NORMAL
1DN56340908HDORABELLE BLEUE DU CHATEAU ROCHER2/3/2021GOOD
1DN56601701HDARC’S GM ELEGANT MAC2/23/2021GOOD
1DN56601701ELARC’S GM ELEGANT MAC2/23/2021NORMAL
1DN56601702ELARC’S ERIN SHAPIRO2/24/2021NORMAL
1DN56601702HDARC’S ERIN SHAPIRO2/24/2021GOOD
1DN56901203HDPRINCESS YUE DU CHATEAU ROCHER1/15/2021GOOD
1DN56901203ELPRINCESS YUE DU CHATEAU ROCHER1/15/2021NORMAL
1DN56901203THPRINCESS YUE DU CHATEAU ROCHER1/22/2021NORMAL
1DN56901205HDPROPER GENT DU CHATEAU ROCHER1/19/2021GOOD
1DN56901205ELPROPER GENT DU CHATEAU ROCHER1/19/2021NORMAL
1DN56901205EYEPROPER GENT DU CHATEAU ROCHER3/11/2021NORMAL
1DN56901205ACAPROPER GENT DU CHATEAU ROCHER3/18/2021NORMAL AO/CONG, AUSC/ECG/ECHO
1DN56901205CHIPROPER GENT DU CHATEAU ROCHER3/18/2021CHIC – QUALIFIED
1DN57268308ELARC’S IVY2/23/2021NORMAL
1DN57268308HDARC’S IVY2/23/2021GOOD
1DN57390810PABIRDWING PEDRO GONZALES1/7/2021NORMAL – PRACTITIONER
1DN57672404EYEPROTEGE D’ANDROMEDA DU JOIE DE VIE ADVENTURE2/16/2021NORMAL
1DN57716901HDSVAJONE’S PETITE ETOLIE DU ADORATION3/17/2021FAIR
1DN57716901ELSVAJONE’S PETITE ETOLIE DU ADORATION3/17/2021NORMAL
1DN57716902ACASVAJONE’S POUR LA REINE2/23/2021NORMAL AO/CONG, AUSC/ECHO
1DN57716902EYESVAJONE’S POUR LA REINE2/23/2021NORMAL
1DN57716905MRLPICK YOUR POISON DU LA COUR DES REVES1/18/2021N/M
1DN57716905PAPICK YOUR POISON DU LA COUR DES REVES2/17/2021NORMAL – PRACTITIONER
1DN57716905HDPICK YOUR POISON DU LA COUR DES REVES2/17/2021GOOD
1DN57716905ELPICK YOUR POISON DU LA COUR DES REVES2/17/2021NORMAL
1DN57716905DEPICK YOUR POISON DU LA COUR DES REVES2/17/2021FULL DENTITION
1DN57716905EYEPICK YOUR POISON DU LA COUR DES REVES3/1/2021NORMAL
1DN57716905CHIPICK YOUR POISON DU LA COUR DES REVES3/2/2021CHIC – QUALIFIED
1DN57729901EYEPAIX VIVE ARGENTEE DU MONT DES CROISETTES2/24/2021NORMAL
1DN58345001HDOUTCLASS DES GARDIENS D’APOLLINAIRE1/19/2021GOOD
1DN58345101HDOUTWIT DES GARDIENS D’APOLLINAIRE1/20/2021EXCELLENT
1DN58993014HDCB REINE1/15/2021Prelim-GOOD
1DN58993014ELCB REINE1/15/2021Prelim-NORMAL
1DN59379101HDARLEN RUS FUKSIYA2/12/2021EXCELLENT
1DN59379101ELARLEN RUS FUKSIYA2/12/2021NORMAL
1DN60197201BRODAIOURAZI DE L’OMBRE ROUGE DE PHRYGIE1/28/2021HEARING (NORMAL)
1DN60197201CHIODAIOURAZI DE L’OMBRE ROUGE DE PHRYGIE1/29/2021CHIC – QUALIFIED
1DN60536701EYEPER VOLAR SUNATA DU CHATEAU ROCHER2/2/2021NORMAL
1DN61036601PAOPALE CENDREE DE LA NOE D’ORIENT1/7/2021NORMAL – PRACTITIONER
1DN61036601BCAOPALE CENDREE DE LA NOE D’ORIENT1/7/2021NORMAL/CLEAR – PRACTITIONER
1DN61036601DEOPALE CENDREE DE LA NOE D’ORIENT1/7/2021FULL DENTITION
1DN61036601HDOPALE CENDREE DE LA NOE D’ORIENT1/13/2021GOOD
1DN61036601ACAOPALE CENDREE DE LA NOE D’ORIENT1/20/2021NORMAL AO/CONG, AUSC/ECHO
1DN61036601EYEOPALE CENDREE DE LA NOE D’ORIENT1/26/2021NORMAL
1DN61036601CHIOPALE CENDREE DE LA NOE D’ORIENT1/27/2021CHIC – QUALIFIED
1DN61827102DEBIRDWING RED WHITE AND BOOM1/7/2021FULL DENTITION
1DN61827102BRBIRDWING RED WHITE AND BOOM1/28/2021HEARING (NORMAL)
1DN61881702EYEROIDANSLENORD DE GARDIEN DESCHUTES DUCHATEAUROCHER2/23/2021NORMAL
1DN62043207DEBIRDWING REINE DU RODEO1/25/2021MISSING TEETH
1DN62043207BRBIRDWING REINE DU RODEO1/28/2021HEARING (NORMAL)
1DN62043207DMBIRDWING REINE DU RODEO3/4/2021NORMAL
1DN62043207VWBIRDWING REINE DU RODEO3/4/2021CLEAR
1DN63034505VWRESCUE ME ROWAN DU VAILLANT FEU1/14/2021CLEAR
1DN63034505DMRESCUE ME ROWAN DU VAILLANT FEU1/14/2021NORMAL
1LOF161736EYEPERPETUAL HOAX DU STUYVER VELD2/9/2021NORMAL
1LOF1BBEA1582070EYEORIN DU MURIER DE SORDEILLE2/5/2021NORMAL
1LOF1BBEA1582070ACAORIN DU MURIER DE SORDEILLE2/10/2021NORMAL AO/CONG, AUSC/ECHO
1LOF1BBEA1582070DEORIN DU MURIER DE SORDEILLE2/17/2021FULL DENTITION
1LOF1BBEA1582070ELORIN DU MURIER DE SORDEILLE2/19/2021NORMAL
1LOF1BBEA1582070HDORIN DU MURIER DE SORDEILLE2/19/2021GOOD
1LOF1BBEA1582070SHORIN DU MURIER DE SORDEILLE2/19/2021NORMAL
1LOF1BBEA1582070CHIORIN DU MURIER DE SORDEILLE2/24/2021CHIC – QUALIFIED
1LOF1BBEA1588090HDOLD LANG SYNE CENDREE DE LA NOE D’ORIENT1/13/2021GOOD
1LOF1BBEA1588090CHIOLD LANG SYNE CENDREE DE LA NOE D’ORIENT1/14/2021CHIC – QUALIFIED
1LOF1BBEA15885410EYEOCTAVIA DE L’OMBRE ROUGE DE PHRYGIE1/26/2021NORMAL
1LOF1BBEA15885410BROCTAVIA DE L’OMBRE ROUGE DE PHRYGIE1/28/2021HEARING (NORMAL)
1LOF1BBEA15885410CHIOCTAVIA DE L’OMBRE ROUGE DE PHRYGIE1/29/2021CHIC – QUALIFIED
1MSC000009448ELOH SO TERRIBLE DES MONTSDULAC1/5/2021NORMAL
1MSC000009448HDOH SO TERRIBLE DES MONTSDULAC1/5/2021GOOD
1MSC000009448ACAOH SO TERRIBLE DES MONTSDULAC3/2/2021NORMAL AO/CONG, AUSC/ECG/ECHO
1MSC000009548ELNIOBE DE L’AME DU LOUP1/26/2021NORMAL
1MSC000009548HDNIOBE DE L’AME DU LOUP1/26/2021EXCELLENT
1NOREG2206944DMBIRDWING R4 YELLOW1/18/2021NORMAL
1NOREG2206944VWBIRDWING R4 YELLOW1/18/2021CLEAR
1NOREG2206944EYEBIRDWING R4 YELLOW1/26/2021NORMAL
1NOREG2206944BRBIRDWING R4 YELLOW1/28/2021HEARING (NORMAL)
1NOREG2206956DMBIRDWING R4 ORANGE1/18/2021NORMAL
1NOREG2206956VWBIRDWING R4 ORANGE1/18/2021CLEAR
1NOREG2206956EYEBIRDWING R4 ORANGE1/26/2021NORMAL
1NOREG2206956BRBIRDWING R4 ORANGE1/28/2021HEARING (NORMAL)
1NOREG2206961DMBIRDWING R4 BLUE1/18/2021NORMAL
1NOREG2206961VWBIRDWING R4 BLUE1/18/2021CLEAR
1NOREG2206961EYEBIRDWING R4 BLUE1/26/2021NORMAL
1NOREG2206961BRBIRDWING R4 BLUE1/28/2021HEARING (NORMAL)
1NOREG2206962DMBIRDWING R4 PINK1/18/2021NORMAL
1NOREG2206962VWBIRDWING R4 PINK1/18/2021CLEAR
1NOREG2206962EYEBIRDWING R4 PINK1/26/2021NORMAL
1NOREG2206962BRBIRDWING R4 PINK1/28/2021HEARING (NORMAL)
1NOREG2206965DMBIRDWING R4 RED1/18/2021NORMAL
1NOREG2206965VWBIRDWING R4 RED1/18/2021CLEAR
1NOREG2206965EYEBIRDWING R4 RED1/26/2021NORMAL
1NOREG2206965BRBIRDWING R4 RED1/28/2021HEARING (NORMAL)
1P958654ELELITEHAUS KRUNCH1/11/2021NORMAL
1P958654HDELITEHAUS KRUNCH1/11/2021GOOD

CHIC Results

AnimalDateNew / UpdateCHIC #Reg #
JAMAIS SANS TOI DU CHATEAU ROCHER1/29/2021UPDATE123908DN40815201
MARIPOSA LE BOULANGER2/24/2021UPDATE139588DN45839608
BIRDWING NIETZSCHE1/27/2021UPDATE144440DN50800009
BIRDWING NICKLESBY1/20/2021UPDATE149592DN50800004
ODAIOURAZI DE L’OMBRE ROUGE DE PHRYGIE1/29/2021UPDATE154219DN60197201
OLD LANG SYNE CENDREE DE LA NOE D’ORIENT1/14/2021NEW154829LOF1BBEA1588090
OPALE CENDREE DE LA NOE D’ORIENT1/27/2021NEW155265DN61036601
OCTAVIA DE L’OMBRE ROUGE DE PHRYGIE1/29/2021NEW155266LOF1BBEA15885410
OCEANE ARGENTEE DU VAILLANT FEU1/29/2021NEW155312DN54070501
LAISSER LE COTE SOMBRE DANS DE LA VALLE KATAHDIN2/4/2021NEW155434DN42920708
ANYA MY DAREDEVIL2/5/2021NEW155512DN51638601
ORIN DU MURIER DE SORDEILLE2/24/2021NEW155866LOF1BBEA1582070
PICK YOUR POISON DU LA COUR DES REVES3/2/2021NEW156030DN57716905
ORIGINS OF FIRE&BRIMSTONE DU CHATEAU ROCHER3/18/2021NEW156542DN55255606
PROPER GENT DU CHATEAU ROCHER3/18/2021NEW156543DN56901205
KAFZIEL VON DER FUNKHALDE3/23/2021NEW156664DN55696901

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AKC CHF Genetics Resources

Sarah E. Price

The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) publishes and updates a document on the state of genetic research (July 28, 2020). If you are interested in how genetic research can be used in the study of illness, breed-specific issues, and breeding, this is an excellent resource. It also provides a very clear explanation of how genetics work in general.

If you are interested in seeing the publicly available genetic testing results for the largest group of Beaucerons (through Embark) they have been compiled in a Google sheet that is available to everyone, and anyone can add their dog’s results.

If you have not browsed through the CHF website, there are also some really excellent studies and resources on illnesses that affect all of our dogs, particularly tick-borne diseases and hemangiosarcoma.

Remember, for those of you who participate in the Purina Pro Club, you are generating funds for not only the ABC, but for research conducted by the CHF.

All We Want for Christmas is Your Blood (Samples)

Adrienne Scott

ABC Members Kara and Cam Staroski’s Beaucerons Mahalo, Jackyl, RSP, and Jenga are asking Santa for Beauceron sample submissions to the DCM project.

Our Beauceron community has the opportunity to develop a DNA swab kit for the disease Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM). Once developed, this kit would be available worldwide. The Animal Molecular Genetics Laboratory at the University of Missouri – College of Veterinary Medicine needs blood samples and pedigrees from unaffected AND affected dogs.

The Submission Protocol and Sample Forms are available through the links, and you will need to include your dog’s pedigree. This process is completely confidential and no information is shared with the ABC or breed community. If you would like to read more about this study see Dr. Johnson’s 2015 article in The Beauceron Bulletin (page 4).

UM Needs Your Blood (Samples)!

Adrienne Scott

Misha, assisted by Pride and Kenai, is here to collection your samples for DCM research (Pride and Misha owned by Sara Reid, Kenai owned by Courtney Goddard)

Our Beauceron community has the opportunity to develop a DNA swab kit for the disease Dilated Cardiomyopathy, DCM. Once developed, this kit would be available worldwide. The Animal Molecular Genetics Laboratory at the University of Missouri – College of Veterinary Medicine needs blood samples and pedigrees from unaffected AND affected dogs.

The Submission Protocol and Sample Forms are available through the links (and you will need to include your dog’s pedigree). This process is completely confidential and no information is shared with the ABC or breed community. If you would like to read more about this study see Dr. Johnson’s 2015 article in The Beauceron Bulletin (page 4).



For questions, contact Adrienne Scott at scottabs16@hotmail.com.

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Canine Genetic Testing

Sarah Price

So, you want to have your dog’s DNA analyzed. Whether it is for fun, if you are concerned about health issues, or you are just curious, there are currently numerous options in this burgeoning industry, and more appear every day. This article provides a short summary of some of the available options and basic information so that you can make an informed decision about what method to use to meet your goals.

Domestic dog chromosomes ( Breen 2018: Figure 3)

Commercial Testing

Embark and PawPrint Genetics are two of the most popular for-profit genetic testing companies. Embark is more likely to have the largest Beauceron dataset (n=54, to date), currently,. As of this writing PawPrints has not responded to a request for total number of dogs in the breed tested. While there are many others, such as Wisdom Panel, they are generally not recommended by the Beauce community or even in the general dog groups. As a result of this research, I did discover that Wisdom Panel is a partner of several animal rights groups which is not appealing to me, personally.

Embark

Embark is one of the more comprehensive DNA tests that provides data on breed identification, ancestry, coefficient of inbreeding, and genetic disease risk. Embark is in a partnership with Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and you have the option to contribute your dog’s results to their ongoing research. Embark also contributes funding to animal shelters for genetic testing and is the official DNA test of the Westminster Kennel Club. More importantly, Embark is the only company that has an option for sequencing the entire genome, although it does cost more. Embark provides reports for your veterinarian, OFA, and allows you to download the raw data for use in other genetic analysis programs (e.g., Plink). In other words, your dog’s genetic data is yours.

The downsides of Embark are several, but may or may not be deterrents depending on your goals or dog. It does not have an accurate merle gene test (actually, no one does except for Tilia Laboratories) but rather reports a heterozygous E-locus results. Embark focuses on a lot on breed identification, which in the case of a purebred dog is not particularly useful. However, if you run the test as an owner (not breeder) it does provide percents of shared genetic material with other dogs in their database. As more dogs are tested, you will receive notifications as new relatives are identified. So not only do you receive genetic relatives, you also get a Coefficient of Inbreeding based on DNA rather than calculated from pedigrees. The Breeder’s kit does not provide genetic relatives, however you will still receive COI information for each dog tested. Another nice thing about Embark is that as their testing evolves, your results are updated. Each dog’s DNA profile is archived permanently which means it is available in perpetuity.

Example of half sibling shared DNA and locations of identical regions by chromosome.

Embark also tests for around 170 genetic markers associated with canine diseases. To be fair, no genetic markers have been identified as associated with specific conditions, however there are some markers that may be of import to you and your veterinarian when making decisions about health care.

Paw Print Genetics

Paw Print Genetics is a very popular test with breeders, primarily because you can test for specific panels of genetic diseases. They do not focus on breed identification, and because they partner with so many dog clubs and associations it is very popular in the purebred dog world. If you are looking to test for specific diseases, this might be the better test for you.  Paw Print test panels can be cheaper, but not everything is included in one package so if you order multiple panels, or get into coat testing, etc., the cost can quickly skyrocket. The panels can be searched and purchased by breed (although, no Beauceron specific tests are available at this time), disease (e.g., DCM-specified to Doberman Pinscher), or symptom. Relative to Embark, some of the tests require or suggest blood samples over a buccal swab, which is an added expense as it must be obtained by your vet’s office. For instance, many of the coat related panels require a blood sample. They do offer discounts for multiple tests. The other aspect where Paw Print has a leg up over Embark is that a veterinarian reviews all test results and is available for counseling.

Paw Print Genetics does not bank sample material. However, according to their website any excess sample is stored for future testing. For instance, if a test becomes available for a Beauceron-specific ailment, you could ask if there is enough stored material to run a panel at a future date. Given this, Paw Prints does reserve the right to use excess sample in anyway they see fit.

Both companies allow for sharing of results online (shareable link), both have DVMs and PhDs on staff, double check results, and OFA accepts test results from both. However, Paw Print Genetics has vets/doctors overseeing testing, has a laboratory onsite, and will check results using different methods.

Comparisons of pricing and samples between Paw Print and Embark for some panels (https://timberidgegoldendoodles.com/paw-print-vs-embark/ ).

Academic/Non-Profit Testing

Another way to contribute to genetic research is through the National Human Genome Research Institute’s (NHGRI) Dog Genome Project. They are currently studying a multitude of health issue (canine kidney cancer, epilepsy, osteoarthritis, Addison’s disease, somatic cell carcinomas, retinopathies, and venereal tumors) as well as morphological research (body size, hair type and color, and skull shape). They are interested in rarer breed submissions and if you would like to contribute, you can contact them at dog_genome@mail.nih.gov.

Darkwin’s Ark is a citizen scientist project, meaning you are a contributing member to data collection and analyses. You can get on a wait list for a free test, or pay for a swab kit. The Beauceron is not yet included in their database, but they are always looking for rare breeds and more participants.

The CHIC DNA Repository banks your dog’s DNA sample and archives it along with corresponding genealogical and phenotype information (provided by you) for future testing and research specifically aimed at inherited diseases. You can submit a cheek swab ($5) which will be stored at the UC-Davis Veterinary Genetics Lab, or a blood sample ($20; obtained by a veterinarian) which will be curated at the University of Missouri’s Animal Molecular Genetics Lab. While parent clubs can contact the bank about specific research or opportunities, the final determinations are made by the respective laboratories and their researchers. UM is where the ABC’s DCM samples are curated for future research. You can find a list of diseases tested for here, and a list of genetic conditions accepted by OFA/CHIC from other companies, by breed, here.

Breed Genetic Research

There are also opportunities to contribute to studying the genetic composition of the Beauceron. Recently, Better Bred started a group for Beaucerons. They are a for-profit group that compiles samples of breeds and produces a report on the genetic health of the breed population, level of inbreeding, and other information geared toward breed management rather than health. They have opened up sample submission for Beaucerons and once the sample reaches 30-50 participants they will produce a preliminary report. At 100 participants, they will run the full analysis and provide a final report. If you want to see an example, the Berger Picard report is available online. The “research” phase costs $50 per sample and after that phase is completed, the cost of the test increases to $80. If you are interested in contributing, there is a Facebook group for the Beauceron community. Currently, seven dogs have contributed DNA samples.

Embark also launched a similar program and the ABC could submit a request to partner with the company to learn about the state of the breed, genetic health research and testing specific to the breed, and other genetic information. Since your Embark data is owned by you, the owner of the dog, any data is permissible for use and could be incorporated into any studies undertaken at the direction of the ABC.

Word of Caution

No matter which company you decide to utilize you should be aware that any health data resulting from the analysis of your dog’s DNA should be taken with a grain of salt. While the science of understanding the genetics of inherited diseases is making great strides, it is evolving and not a complete science–yet. Rather, you should view it as a contribution to future findings and research with the added benefit of learning about your dog’s genetics. There are programs like the Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs which allow you to search for the best tests by breed or issue, as well as by ailment. Also, you should be aware that your dog’s health information is protected under HIPAA just like your own health information.

ABC Breed Health Survey

Sarah E. Price & Pam Boyer

Please use the following link to share the survey:
https://beaucewm.survey.fm/2020-abc-beauceron-breed-health-survey

You may not be aware of this, but breed clubs have a hefty responsibility for the health of their breed. There are four areas within which the ABC has duties (Bass 2005:17) based on the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) guidelines:

  • Conduct accurate, periodic surveys of the breed to identify what problems that the breed is subject to, and the relative importance of the identified problems;
  • Provide funding for research projects that address problems in the breed, as well as more general canine health issues;
  • Organize and carry out sample acquisition, along with supporting pedigree information–as well as provide convincing assurance to membership of the security of the information;
  • Update their membership on supported work, progress, and outcomes.

This responsibility to breed health is in ABC’s constitution. (Section2[d]) states the fourth objective of the club is “To further understanding of the disease, defects, injuries and other ailments that afflict Beaucerons.”

The ABC has done a good job of funding, obtaining and submitting samples for the DCM study. What the club has not officially done since 2010 is conduct a formal survey of health issues within the breed. In 2017, there was an informal poll in a Facebook group, but it was not an official survey conducted by the Health Committee nor published in the Bulletin. Breed health surveys not only provide guidance and input on issues for research and funding, but they are the baseline for the CHIC standard for Beaucerons and determined by the ABC.

The AKC CHF provides grants to scientists, as well as breed clubs, to conduct problem or breed-specific research, and you can easily support these efforts by merely joining Purina Pro Club, which provides funding both to the CHF and directly to the ABC.


The most current OFA dataset, from December 2019, indicates very few issues in the breed. However, most dogs that are tested and submitted would not be those known or believed to have issues. The Health Committee encourages you to visit the OFA website and do some research of your own.


This survey is considered the first phase of questions, and the purpose is for the Health Committee (Pam Metts Boyer) to get a feel for Beauceron owner and breeder concerns regarding the health of the breed. The responses to this survey will help the Health Committee determine the direction(s) to move toward regarding future testing, funding, and research. It will also help guide what kinds of information the Health Committee can disseminate that you, the owners and breeders, might find useful and informative regarding health.

As large-breed owners, we know that DCM is a concern, and unfortunately, there is no solution for prevention or treatment yet. There is already a significant amount of research geared toward understanding this terrible disease, and the ABC has made contributions to this end. There may be conditions that are viewed as “large breed” or size-related versus breed-related. Examples that might not be so obvious would be HOD, a growth-related disorder that can be debilitating for puppies, or even panosteitis. These afflictions are most often attributed to large, fast-growing breeds, but is there a genetic component or breed-specific component to this disease?

The Health Committee would like to hear from owners AND breeders about the health issues and diseases they are concerned with, have observed or heard about, or have directly experienced. The survey is entirely anonymous, and we hope to have a full pool of participants. If you are a breeder, you have probably seen or experienced more than most owners, so do not be afraid to share! You do not have to search through records or try to remember specifics, simply check all boxes that apply. By keeping the survey oriented around this broad goal of concerns, we can begin the process of narrowing down where to spend time, energy, and money for the health of the Beauceron.

What will the survey cover? The list of health issues is derived from health issues and diseases based on the previous survey, the OFA Berger Picard health survey, the problems listed in several other herding breeds, and reviewed by a veterinarian. The options are grouped into general categories and you can select as many as are applicable. There are also options to add something that is not listed, and to add comments.

So please participate, and share with all fellow Beauceron owners. The survey will be open and available for two weeks, after which the Health Committee will report on the results. The survey will then be permanently available on the ABC website and updates provided as needed.

Please participate and please share and encourage fellow Beauce owners to complete the survey!