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Including health tests in the standard?
« on: February 14, 2010, 07:08:46 PM »
Would it be possible to include at least one health test within the Boxer standard?  :police:

Yes, it would be unorthodox. 

"The Boxer has a short, sleek coat, with a PEN hip rating of....."  :cheeky-smiley-025:

This might complicate the business models of BYBs.   :behead:


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Re: Including health tests in the standard?
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2010, 12:05:24 AM »
BYBs don't care about the standard anyway, so it would have no effect on them.

The problem with including health testing in the standard is primarily that the results are largely subjective.  There are no clear-cut rules about what is an OK result (though there are a few about what is not) - even experts aren't in agreement about results. 

As well, the standard applies to showing dogs, and there's no reason whatsoever that a dog with a "bad" health test result can't be shown; while showing is a way to evaluate breeding stock, not all show dogs will or should be bred.
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Re: Including health tests in the standard?
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2010, 07:26:32 AM »
In your example, people would have to choose which hip method they use too - Some prefer PENN and some prefer OFA.  I don't think it's the parent club's place to dictate which version they use unless there is some solid scientific proof that one is better.
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