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What should I be looking a pedigree certificate?

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What should I be looking for in a pedigree certificate?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Lisa replied 2 years ago.
Good morning! My name is ***** ***** I'm happy to help you with your question today. Just like an in person consult I have a few questions of my own to help ensure I give you the best advice possible...Are you planning on showing the dog?Have you owned dogs in the past?Are you looking for specifics about a breed line or about possible medical issues?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

looking for a family pet, some work dog tendencies wouldn't be bad, we do have plenty of land and things to do, no showing planned; concerned mostly about health, dysplasia free. would the pedigree show that the parents and grandparents and grand grand parents were healthy/dysplasia free?

Expert:  Lisa replied 2 years ago.
Thanks for the additional information. I really appreciate it.The pedigree probably wouldn't tell you that. It mostly traces the ancestors of the dog, but doesn't really give any medical information. This is because quality breeders get their dogs tested before they breed them. The breeders I work with generally wait until the dog is at least 1.5 years old and then they get a battery of tests:Hips and elbows are x-rayed and the films are sent off to the OFFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals...their website is here: http://www.offa.org/ ), where they're examined by trained radiologists and scored. Quality breeders generally won't breed any dog who doesn't score excellent...however, some will do lesser scores.Eyes are CERF verified (Canine Eye Registry Foundation...the website can be found here http://www.offa.org/eyes.html ) to make sure there are no issues with the eyes.Heart is also tested to check for any cardiac abnormalities (you can read more about that here: http://www.offa.org/cardiac_exam.html ).Since GSDs are prone to dysplasia...I'd find a breeder who, at the very least, gets the hips scored by OFFA.