The Breed Survey Scheme
The Breed Survey Scheme has been set up to evaluate the soundness and quality of breeding stock throughout Australia.
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 below).
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).
A 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 GSDCA Hip and Elbow Dysplasia Schemes
This scheme 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 progeny.
The Tattoo Scheme
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.
The Haemophilia Scheme
This scheme 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 bloodlines.
Animals that pass the Haemophilia scheme are issued with a Haemophilia Certificate, and this is noted on their Breed Survey.