Brier Golden Retrievers Code Of Ethics
To be sure our puppies get off to the best possible physical and mental start, they are born in our home. We begin socialization by using early neurological stimulation exercises to help strengthen the neurological and immune systems. Our puppies are exposed to stimulation such as touch, sound, textures, and different environments as they show they are ready.
To assure that our puppies have the best possible chance at a sound genetic background, prior to breeding we submit all of our dogs, including pet dogs for genetic health screenings which are recommended by the Golden Retriever Club of America. Of which we are members in good standing. As well all of our dogs are AKC registered.
Current genetic screening:
In an effort to minimize the instance of hip dysplasia (HD) - All of our breeding dogs and many of our pet dogs are Penn-HIP evaluated at approximately 12 months of age as a preliminary evaluation for HD. At or after 24 months of age all potential breeding dogs or pets that have not been Penn-HIP evaluated have hip x-rays submitted to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) results are registered with the OFA.
In an effort to minimize the instance of elbow dysplasia (ED) - All of our breeding dogs and most of our pet dogs have elbow x-rays submitted to either a board certified Veterinary Radiologist or the OFA. Screening is done at or after 24 months of age.
Hearts are examined after 12 months of age by a ACVIM board certified Veterinary Cardiologist on all breeding and pet dogs. This is an effort to minimize the instance of hereditary Sub-aortic Stenosis (SAS). Reports are held on file.
Eye exam's are performed by a DACVO board certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist, following the procedure set forth by the Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF). All breeding dogs are examined every 12 to 18 months while in the breeding program in keeping with the recommendations set forth by the GRCA. Pet dogs and retired breeding dogs are screened at 24 months, 48 months, and after age 6 years of age it is recommended they are examined yearly by a DACVO Veterinary Ophthalmologist. Reports are held on file.