FOR A GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG
Every Breed has specific genetic predispositions to certain diseases and conditions. This is due to many factors and the way all breeds of dogs were created - by breeding closely related dogs, similar dogs and dogs sharing similar genetic pool. To breed responsibly, means to have risks of producing unhealthy puppies be minimal. Responsible breeders always screen breeding stock for heritable diseases and remove affected animals from breeding program. Affected animals are altered; may be placed as pets as long as health issues are disclosed to buyers/adopters. Reputable breeders have working knowledge of genetics and generally avoids inbreeding. Of course, there is never 100% guarantee that two fully health tested dogs will not produce a puppy with a fault - no matter what a breeder tells you. But a puppy produced by health-tested parents with a strong health-tested pedigree is a lot less likely to result with a genetic fault. We agree to breed-related risks the day we agree to purchase this specific breed and the benefits of owning the dog of your dreams way outweighs the risks related to the genetics of this breed.
OFA lists the primary health screening tests that breeders should perform on their stock before breeding. This provides basic information for breeders to make more informed breeding decisions in order to reduce the incidence of inherited disease. The results also provide valuable information for potential puppy buyers looking for responsible breeders that health test their breeding stock.