Fees GDC Certification
No charge for affected entries.
$10 (US) for first unaffected Certification (valid for 1 year only, since
symptoms may occur at any time).
$5 (US) for later unaffected Certification
$20 (US) when 5 or more littermates or related dogs are submitted at thesame
time (no refund for affected)
Fees CERF Evaluation
The GDC will register CERF evaluations that are accompanied by this Application
$10 (US) if this is first GDC entry for the dog
$5 (US) if dog is already registered with GDC
About the Open Registry of
Heredity Eye Diseases
The GDC Open Registry of Heredity Eye Diseases is a new tool to use in the fight
against inherited eye diseases in all pure-bred canines. The owners of pure-bred
dogs may now choose to place the evaluation of their dogs eyes in an open
registry where it will be linked to other members of the dog's family. This
information will identify carriers of inherited eye defects among the unaffected
animals. A single dog's evaluation determines only the status of that individual
dog - its phenotype. The phenotypes of a group of related dogs determines that
In response to a formal request from the Poodle Club of America and with the
cooperation of several organizations, the GDC is registering evaluations for
inherited eye diseases. Research Databases are established for breeds which have
not yet proven inheritance.
The Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF) is not associated with GDC. It
will continue to operate as a protected registry by releasing data on normal
animals only. Ophthalmic disease data gathered during CERF exams is only
released as pooled information and no diseased animal is ever identified. The
pooled data provides information on the prevalence of ophthalmic diseases by
breed, age, sex, etc.
The new GDC Open Registry will file data for owners who wish to openly share the
phenotypic evaluations of their dog, regardless of the diagnosis. The data can
be used as the tool to determine genotypic risk factors (including carrier
status) of an individual animal by linking all relatives that are submitted to
the GDC Open Registry.
Information on Every Dog is Important
When there is data on a sufficiently large size family of dogs, a breeder can
evaluate the risk for genetic disease transmission of dogs in that family.
The evaluations of every single dog, whether pet or working dog, become an
important data source to increase the accuracy of the predicted risk in a
relative being considered for breeding.
Access to the Open Registry
In general, data in the GDC Open Registry is available (for a fee) to people who
need support and information which will lead to a reduction of geneticdiseases
in a kennel or the breed. All information must be used in accord withethical
breeding standards. All requests for information will be maintained in the file.
Examples of GDC Registry Use
A person (owner of either a male or a female animal) may ask for the evaluations
of a disease in the siblings and half-sibs of their dog and a particular dog to
be considered as a mate. They may ask for the same records on any progeny
produced by their dog.
A researcher might propose a formal study of the data on one of the diseases,
the method of diagnosis, the mode of inheritance, etc., with the expectation of
Verification of Accuracy
An owner may request the GDC records on their own dog(s) at any time inorder to
verify the accuracy of that information.
What is An Open Disease Registry?
A DATABANK OF GENETIC HISTORY
An open disease registry is a data bank of genetic history for any breed of dog.
In an open registry like the one maintained by the GDC (Institute for Genetic
Disease Control in Animals), owners (potential breeders), veterinarians and
scientists can trace the genetic history of any particular dog.
In order to control the increasing presence of genetic diseases (such as those
of the hip, elbow, shoulder, eye, skin, heart), we must know how prevalent such
diseases are in the breed and in any particular dog's bloodlines.
The information about each dog automatically becomes linked in the open registry
with relatives of that animal. An open registry delivers this information to
breeders for the selection of mates whose bloodlines indicate are reduced risk
of producing genetic disease.
REGISTERING BOTH AFFECTED DOGS AND THOSE THAT APPEAR NORMAL
The purpose of the open registry is to help breeders and owners reduce the
presence of genetic diseases in their breeds. In order to be effective, the
registry must record data on as large a group of animals as possible, especially
Each owner of a registrant in an open registry has agreed to the release of the
data whether the evaluation of the animal is affected or not. Each dog
registered in an open registry brings crucial information to help support the
improvement of the entire breed.
Institute for Genetic Disease Control in Animals /email@example.com/ Revised
October 2, 1997