OFA Verifications & Health Links

OFA, Orthopedic Foundation of Animals

What OFA does and how to use: The OFA Website for Verifications and Information

The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (“OFA”) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the health and welfare of companion animals through a reduction in the incidence of genetic disease.

The OFA Database for Health Testing Information The OFA offers a database that collects and lists health testing information on individual animals. Breeders and prospective puppy owners can use the tools at OFA to search for health testing information on individual dogs (such as the parents of a potential litter). You can use this tool to LOOK UP A DOG on the OFA site.

How to order DNA testing from OFA & Reporting Results from other Labs

OFA DNA-based testing OFA offers DNA-based disease testing through an arrangement with the University of Missouri. All tests offered and information on ordering is available on the DNA Test page.

Reporting Health Tests from Other Labs for Inclusion in the OFA databaseFor information and the application on how to submit DNA test results from other labs to OFA, please see the information at All DNA Tests

The CHIC DNA Repository and how to submit a blood sample

The CHIC DNA Repository collects and stores canine DNA samples to facilitate future research and testing aimed at reducing the incidence of inherited disease in dogs. Read more about the DNA Repository and how to order a sample submission kit.

TT owners are strongly encouraged to submit blood samples from dogs with diseases/conditions that are suspected to be inherited to the CHIC DNA Repository. If you have a TT with early onset cataracts, epilepsy, cancer, patellar luxation, orthopedic disorders, anesthesia sensitivity, or other heritable disease, please consider sending a blood sample to be stored for possible future research.