Health and Heredity

2007 Health & Heredity Report , Saturday, October 20, 2007


The Giant Schnauzer Club of America (GSCA) is pleased to announce that AKC registered Giant Schnauzers can now participate in the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) DNA Database program!

The research performed with these DNA samples will help future Giants and humans alike. All it takes is a one time DNA sample donation, which will then be held in a single DNA Database for distributed to multiple DNA research projects.

There are two options for submitting your Giant’s DNA sample: by cheek swabs which takes about 15 minutes and can easily be done at home, or by a blood sample which can be drawn by your veterinarian. The sample kits will be mailed directly to you or your veterinarian and will include the test kit which consists of instructions, return address labels, and a simple questionnaire. You can obtain an Online 3-5 Generation Research Pedigree from the AKC website for $10.00-12.00.

While it would be wonderful if the Giant was also a CHIC dog, it is not a requirement for participation. The following certifications are needed to become a CHIC Giant Schnauzer: OFA or Penn-Hip, CERF, Thyroid Certification, and owner authorization the use of this information by the CHIC program.

To participate go to the Canine Health Information Center home page at and select the “DNA Bank” link.

At the bottom of the page you will find the links to download the DNA Application Form, along with the Instructions for submission of the DNA samples.

Canine Health Information Center, DNA Bank:
AKC – AKC Dog Pedigrees:
Online Research Pedigrees:

The DNA samples from the AKC DNA Profile Program are used in the CHIC DNA Database.

The AKC DNA Profile Program documents and identifies individual AKC registered animals.

Understanding PRA Testing
AKC DNA Profile Program:
Please forward this information to all owners of AKC registered CHIC breeds. It is important for all of us to contribute to the future of our beloved companions!

CHIC Information, Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The Canine Health Information Center provides participation breed clubs with quarterly reports on qualifying dogs. At this time the requirements for the Giant Schnauzer are: Hip certification (OFA or Penn-Hip), CERF, and thyroid testing. If you have a dog that qualifies please contact CHIC to find out what you need to do to include your Giant with these reports. Future reports will be posted on the GSCA Health CHIC Listing of Giant Schnauzers


Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club shares a webpage of upcoming canine health testing clinics throughout the United States, Saturday, November 19, 2005

The Cavalier Club is keeping an updated listing of health clinics throughout the US. If your dog needs a CERF exam or microchipping, you can check their site for dates and clinics available. They are listed by location and by date. If you know of a health clinic coming up in your area, please contact Rod Russell so he can add it to the list.

Longevity Study Looking for Participants Tuesday, October 18, 2005
GSCA Official Participant in CHIC Program Saturday, July 16, 2005

GSCA is officially a participant in the CHIC (Canine Health Information Center) program. The Giant Schnauzer has been added to the list of CHIC breeds. At this point only ten dogs qualify though. To qualify a dog, the owner/breeder must have the three certifications/tests (Hips, thyroid, CERF), filed these results with OFA, Penn-Hip, or CERF and signed the release allowing this information to be released to the public. Please refer to the links below for more details on getting your dog(s) listed.

Thanks for the efforts of Carie May-Bowers, GSCA Health & Hereditary Chairman, and the GSCA officers for believing in this program and in sharing valuable health information on our dogs and making this happen.