The Breed Survey Scheme has been set up to evaluate the
soundness and quality of breeding stock throughout
All the presenting dogs
must be over 18 months of age, tattooed or microchipped
for positive identification, must possess
the `A` and `Z` stamp and present a 5-generation
pedigree at time of survey. Some animals are also
required to possess a Haemophilia Certificate (see
The dogs are all weighed, measured and examined for
correctness of dentition, construction and soundness of
nerves, (this involves a gun test and crowd test).
breed survey book is produced annually which contains
the results of all breed surveys within Australia as
well as the dogs which passed the `A` &`Z` stamps
during the year.
The Tattoo Scheme is a nation wide scheme where by all
the breeders associated with the clubs apply for and
receive a unique tattoo symbol for their kennel prefix.
This kennel prefix
symbol is recognized Nationally, and consist of 3
letters followed by 3 numbers indicating what number
puppy it is bred under that prefix.
The puppies are tattooed
at 7-9 weeks of age in the right ear. This tattoo is a
positive means of legal identification in the event of
loss, theft etc and can be used to find dogs throughout
Australia. The tattoo is also used as the positive
identification mark for the hip and elbow dysplasia
schemes, haemophilia scheme and the breed survey scheme.
Tattooing of puppies is
now optional and breeders can choose to positively
identify their puppies with a microchip implanted at 6-8
weeks instead. Some breeders both tattoo and microchip
their puppies. In NSW, the microchip number of the puppy
will be shown on the Dogs NSW Registration papers.
Click here for the
GSDCA Tattoo Regulations
Elbow Dysplasia schemes
involves the X-Raying of the hips and elbows of breeding stock over the age of
12 months. It is required that the dog be anaesthetized
at the time of x-ray, and the tattoo in the right ear
(or microchip) is
checked and noted on the x-ray plate.
The plates are sent to
Dr Roger Lavelle in Melbourne or Dr Richardson in
Perth and are scored and graded.
`A` stamp scheme - Hips
that have a sufficiently low score - a maximum of score
8 per hip (out of a possible 53), with no more than 3
points in any one area, receive an `A` stamp. The
results are all correlated so that statistics on the
breed average and that of the major producing sires can
be analyzed in an effort to lower the breed hip average
and to avoid poor hip producing lines.
`Z` stamp scheme -
Elbows are measured for any degree of arthritic change,
and are Graded as Normal, Near Normal, Grade 1, Grade 2 or Grade 3.
Arthritic changes of greater than or equal to 3 mm of
change will fail the scheme. Breeders avoid doubling up
on the condition where ever possible.
Statistics are printed
on both the hip and elbow results, encouraging breeders
to use the lines that are producing the soundest
has virtually eliminated this bleeding disorder within
the breed in Australia. The disease causes a failure of
blood to clot after an accident or knock. Imported stud
dogs, and sons of imported bitches, are tested to prevent
any affected new dog or carrier bitch from entering our
Animals that pass the
Haemophilia scheme are issued with a Haemophilia
Certificate, and this is noted on their Breed Survey.
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