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 : www.caninehealthinfo.org
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 ...