Post pilot Update  



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).


Conceived in 1999, the pilot program became operational in 2001 with 8 breeds enrolled.  Today there are 26 breeds participating through their parent clubs, 

and over 13,000 dogs have been issued CHIC numbers.




The CHIC database is a tool that collects health information on individual animals from multiple sources.  This

centralized pool of data is maintained to assist breeders in making more informed breeding decisions and for

scientists in conducting research. In order for data to be included in CHIC, test results must be based on scientifically

valid diagnostic criteria.


Core to the CHIC philosophy is the realization that each breed has different health concerns.  Not all diseases have

known modes of inheritance, nor do all diseases have screening tests.  Some screening tests are based on phenotypic

evaluation, others on genetic testing.  With all these variables, a key element of CHIC is to customize or tailor the

CHIC requirements to the needs of each breed.  These unique requirements are established through input from the

parent club prior to the breedís entry into the CHIC program.  Breed specific requirements typically consist of the

inherited diseases that are of the greatest concern and for which some screening test is available.  Regardless of

breed, each dog must be permanently identified in order to have test results included in CHIC.  Permanent

identification may be in the form of microchip, or tattoo.


A CHIC number and CHIC report are issued when test results are entered into the database satisfying each breed

specific requirement, and when the owner of the dog has opted to release the results into the public domain.  

The CHIC number by itself does not imply normal test results, rather, it indicates that all the required breed specific

tests were performed and the results made publicly available.  The CHIC report is a consolidated listing of the tests

performed, the age of the dog at the time of the test, and the corresponding test results.  As new results are

recorded, updated, CHIC reports reflecting the additional information are generated.


Once included in the CHIC program, the breed specific requirements are dynamic. As health priorities within a breed

change, or as new screening tests become available, the breed specific requirements can be modified to reflect the

current environment.  If the breed specific requirements are modified, existing CHIC numbers are not revoked.  

The CHIC number is issued to a dog completing all required tests at a given point in time.


CHIC provides each participating parent club quarterly reports consisting of both aggregate numbers and 

specific dogs that have been issued CHIC numbers.



The CHIC website is located at :

The website contains basic information on CHIC and maintains a listing of the participating breeds and specific breed

requirements.  The CHIC website also provides a search engine to identify dogs that have been issued CHIC numbers

and direct hotlinks to the OFA website so users can take advantage of the expanded health screening information

available on the dogís sire, dam, offspring, and siblings ...


What is CHIC ?


CHIC overview

Updated list of CHIC Papillons

Search CHIC database

Go to CHIC website


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