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·  What are the Breed Improvement Schemes?
·  What is Hip Dysplasia, and Elbow Dysplasia?
·  What is Haemophilia?

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·  What are the Breed Improvement Schemes?

The GSDCA (German Shepherd Dog Council of Australia Inc.) has introduced a number of schemes for the screening of adult dogs, for hereditary diseases. These schemes are Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, and Haemophilia. Adult Dogs (over 18 months of age) after having successfully passed the above schemes are encouraged to be presented to Breed Survey.

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·  What is Hip Dysplasia, and Elbow Dysplasia?

Hip and Elbow Dysplasia are two (2) separate diseases that cause degeneration of the hip and elbows joints, and can only be diagnosed by X-Ray. Evidence of passing the HD scheme is the GSDC of A certificate depicting an “A” stamp, and a “Z” stamp for Elbows. Animals are X-Rayed after they have turned twelve (12) months of age.

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·  What is Haemophilia?

Haemophilia is a blood disorder that reduces the blood-clotting factor thereby causing abnormal bleeding. At this time these is only a test available for Males. Evidence of passing is an “H-Neg” certificate. This is no longer prevalent within German Shepherds, due to earlier identification of “problem” bloodlines, which have been removed from breeding programs.

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