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STCA Health Chairperson: Lacey Benítez
Members: Kelly Townsend, Gloria Otero, Jessica Branch, Rose Starky and John O’Hanlon
STCA Recommended Health Testing for your Amstaff
The Staffordshire Terrier Club of America recommends health testing for the following conditions that do affect the American Staffordshire Terrier for your breeding programs.
Hip Dysplasia (must be 2 years old for final results for OFA and 16 weeks for PennHip)
Congenital Cardiac Database
OFA evaluation with examination performed by a Cardiologist (Must be 1 year old to be in OFA database)
OFA evaluation from an approved laboratory - the Staffordshire Terrier Club of America recommends annual testing.
NCL-A (Cerebellar Ataxia)
Optigen NCL test results registered with the OFA - the Staffordshire Terrier Club of America advises that 2 NCL carriers should never be bred together, and that affected dogs should never be bred.
First Generation Offspring of tested dogs eligible for Clear By Parentage.
ALPP (Amstaff juvenile laryngeal paralysis and polyneuropathy) - More info
Eye Examination by a boarded ACVO Ophthalmologist (Optional) results registered with OFA.
Elbow Dysplasia (Optional) usually done when evaluated for Hip Dyspasia
See more information "Health Committee" page.
Orthopedic Foundation for Animals
To improve the health and well being of companion animals through a reduction in the incidence of genetic disease.
Originally the OFA's main focus was "hip dysplasia" but now also includes other genetic defects.
If a breeder says there dogs are OFA Certified, then you can look up their dogs in the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals database to see what health testing was actually done.