The Bulldog Club of Utah

Health Testing

The Bulldog Club of America is dedicated to preserving the breed and to continuing to work to improve the health of the dogs our members breed.  BCA has implemented several approaches to acheive this end.
First, we provide opportunities for our members to health test their dogs in a number of ways.  We have established programs to recognize those who perform regular health testing on their dogs or who participate in health research studies.  We work with independent health testing organizations to develop independent measures to test canine health.  Links to the OFA and CHIC standards are on the other Health Testing pages, along with informaiton on our Health Testing Awards.
BCA encourages health testing for sires and dams used in breeding future generations.   Click HERE  to view our two page handout on why you should health test your dog.   Click HERE  for the standalone Bulldog health testing matrix.
Second, we have our Breeder Referral Program for members who agree to meet the standards set by BCA, including our  Code of Ethics  and  Breeder Code of Ethics .
Third, we support health research to find and remedy the causes underlying diseases found in the breed. To do this we have established a foundation to provide funds to support this vital research and we also work jointly with the AKC Canine Health Foundation.

The mission of the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)  is to promote the health and welfare of copanion animals through a reduction in the incidence of genetic disease.  It funds grants to conduct research in orthopedic and genetic diseases, encourages and establishes control programs to lower the incidence of these diseases and maintains a database to disseminate information about these diseases.

Among the databases it currently maintains are: Cardiac Disease, Congenital Deafness, Elbow and Hip Dysplasia, Patellar Luxation, Shoulder OCD, Eyes, Tracheal Hypoplasia and Thyroid.

Information on Specific Tests can be found on the OFA website click here .  Application forms are on that website under the type of test you are interested in on the menu on the left.

The Canine Health Information Center, also known as CHIC, is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored by the AKC/Canine Health Foundation (AKC/CHF) and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). The CHIC, working with participating parent clubs, provides a resource for breeders and owners of purebred dogs to research and maintain information on the health issues prevalent in specific breeds.

The CHIC also maintains a DNA Bank, co-sponsored by the OFA and the AKC/CHF, collects and stores canine DNA samples along with corresponding genealogic and phenotypic information to facilitate future research and testing aimed at reducing the incidence of inherited disease in dogs.

Dogs who have both OFA database listings and CHIC certifications are cross-referenced from the OFA site. Dogs who have a CHIC number will be listed in the OFA database with the CHIC logo, which will be linked to their information in the CHIC database. This will help breeders and owners using both sites find health data on dogs.   Click HERE  to go to the CHIC website.

Bulldog Club of America Pamphlets

Click here to access handouts that are available on the Bulldog Club of America's website.