*Dogs must have a hip x-ray done before breeding. The OFA or PennHIP papers must be on file with the Compliance Chair.
Only dogs with an Excellent, Good or Fair on the OFA scale, or with an equivalent PennHIP rating, or with the European
testing equivalent should be used for breeding. “Pending” may be accepted for a female between 24 and 26 months of age if
the x-rays have already been done and submitted for evaluation. A preliminary OFA evaluation for males between 4 and 12
months must have Compliance and Tracking Chairs approval in order to be listed. A preliminary OFA evaluation for males
between 12 and 24 months is acceptable.
*Eyes shall be certified annually with a CERF examination and must receive normal results. Before a dog is used for breeding,
the results must be known. Dogs with inherited genetic eye diseases must not be used for breeding. Dogs with eye diseases or
conditions that are not genetic must have Compliance and Tracking Chairs approval before breeding. All form shall be
submitted to CERF for data base inclusion. Certification number on all listing will be obtained from the CERF data base.
Breeders must keep a record of information on their dogs according to AKC guidelines for record keeping. All parents’ test
results, pertinent health information, dates of litters, and numbers of pups should be included on the form. This form is to be
updated annually and sent to the ISAA President, who will forward a copy to the Compliance Chair and the Tracking Chair.
All information from prior litters must be current with the ISAA Tracking Chair. Required information: the official names for the
puppies, their AKC number, the name and states or provinces of their new owners. Desired but optional information for new
owners: street address, state/province, phone number(s), email, website.
X-rays of the elbows (front legs) and patellas (rear legs) are also recommended but not required. These can be done at OFA
testing and at some PennHIP testing locations.
Both the sire and the dam must be registered with the AKC, UKC, ISAA and/or with an FCI recognized kennel club. A copy
of the pedigrees must be on file with the Compliance Chairs.
Recent photos of the sire and dam must be on file with the Compliance Chairs.
The inbreeding coefficient (IC) scores for generations five through ten must be done prior to breeding. Ask the Tracking Chair
to do them for you. A copy of the pedigree for the pups must be done at the same time and both the IC scores and the litter
pedigree must be on file with the Compliance Chair.
Females shall not whelp a litter before the age of 24 months. This will allow them the necessary time to become fully mature
physically and emotionally. Their reproductive life shall be from 2 years of age through 8 years of age. They will have no more
than 4 litters or 25 pups whichever is greater during those 7 reproductive years. Females should have at least one season
between litters or a minimum of 9 months since the birth of her last litter. Females should not exceed 2 litters in a 24 month
period. No drugs should be administered to alter their natural cycles. Before females are bred for the first time, they must have
had both a hip test and the CERF eye test done, and the results should be made known.
Males shall not be used for breeding before the age of 12 months or after the age of 11 years. This will allow them the
necessary time to become mature. They should sire no more than 8 litters or 50 pups whichever is greater during their
reproductive life. Before males are bred for the first time, they must have had both a hip test and the CERF eye test done, and
the results should be made known. Cryptorchid or monorchid males will not be used for breeding.
Any breeder who does not meet the guidelines will be removed from the “ISAA Breeders’ Page” and/or the “ISAA Stud
Page”. Breeders will be re-listed once their kennel conforms to the published guidelines. All breeding females in the kennel
must be over 24 months of age with completed health checks. Females younger than 24 months of age, that have not been
tested or bred, will not delay the kennels listing on the ISAA website.
Exceptions to any of the guidelines must be explained and approved by the Compliance/Tracking Chair.
Note: All dogs must be micro-chipped or tattooed in order to certify test results. Further requirements may be implemented
in the future in order to keep the breed as healthy and as disease free as possible.
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