Recommended Health Clearances

The minimum necessary health clearances we expect from reputable breeders of Labrador Retrievers are those required to get a “CHIC” number from the Canine Health Information Center. They are listed below but for ease of access, please see the page at the CHIC website.




Hip Dysplasia

  • OFA Evaluation

Elbow Dysplasia

  • OFA Evaluation

Eye Examination by a boarded ACVO Ophthalmologist

  • Results registered with OFA

EIC (Exercise Induced Collapse)

  • EXERCISE INDUCED COLLAPSE – DNA based test from an approved lab (This has been added as a CHIC requirement per the LRC as of 6/15/13)

D Locus (Dilute) DNA Test

  • DNA based D LOCUS results from an approved lab – *NOTE – This has been added as a CHIC requirement per the LRC as of 11/1/16)

Centronuclear Myopathy (Optional)

  • DNA Based CNM Test – results registered with the OFA

Cardiac Evaluation (Optional)

  • Advanced Cardiac Exam
  • Cardiac exams are not required, but are recommended as follows: Females – congenital or advanced cardiac database exam. Males – for males being used at stud, recommend advanced cardiac including an echo.

prcd-PRA DNA Test (Optional)

  • DNA based prcd-PRA test from a licensed lab (currently Optigen or PawPrints) – results registered with the OFA

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*Note – In addition to the breed specific requirements above, a CHIC requirement across all participating breeds is that the dog must be permanently identified via microchip or tattoo in order to qualify for a CHIC number.