It's in the Genes

We breed for healthy dogs - in body, soul and instinctual abilities.  


OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) is the preeminent health registry for purebred dogs and all of our dogs have all of their OFA health clearances before being considered for breeding.   We aim to test every puppy - in every litter - for all known English Setter related health concerns so that we have as much information as possible to make the most sound and informed breeding decisions.

For more information on OFA, please visit their website - and search for our dogs ... we're proud to show off their health clearance stats and those of their offspring.

Hip Dysplasia: 

-  a terrible genetic disease because of the various degrees of arthritis (also called degenerative joint disease, arthrosis, osteoarthrosis) it can eventually produce, leading to pain and debilitation. Read more on the OFA site ...

Elbow Dysplasia:

Elbow dysplasia is a general term used to identify an inherited polygenic disease in the elbow of dogs. Three specific etiologies make up this disease and they can occur independently or in conjunction with one another. Read more on the OFA site ...


 

 

Genetic Deafness in English Setters: 

The general English Setter population has approximately a 12% congenital deafness rate - with deafness occurring in either, or both, ears.  Deafness in English Setters, like Dalmatians, is linked with the gene that gives them their white base coat with spots or flecks of color.  Conscientious breeders will always BAER test the entire litter between 5.5 to 8 weeks old to test for this condition in each puppy in the litter.  No breeder should charge you an additional fee to test your puppy, or to know if your puppy is free from this congenital problem.  

 

Overall English Setter breed health stats: 

  • 84% OFA hips clear for dysplasia (10% excellent)
  • 88% BAER clear for hearing
  • 84% OFA elbows clear for dysplasia

Graffiti's kids are: 

  • 100% OFA hips clear for dysplasia (70% excellent, 20% good, 10% fair)
  • 100% BAER clear for hearing
  • 100% OFA elbows clear for dysplasia

Tag's Kids are: 

  • 100% OFA hips clear for dysplasia (57% excellent, 43% good)
  • 100% BAER clear for hearing
  • 100% OFA elbows clear for dysplasia

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